Aston Martin is one of the longstanding British brands to have survived the vicissitudes of the motor industry. The products have rarely been perfect, but charm and raw appeal has seen Aston Martin through. Charm and appeal does little on the racetrack, however, and there have been many racing flops. The DBR3 from 1958, for example, raced only once, with a DNF at Silverstone. The Group C AMR1, meanwhile, was a disappointment, at best only able to muster a fourth place finish in the fourth round of the 1989 World Sportscar Championship.
That being said there have been some mighty successes, and there are a number of Aston Martin race cars that are, for one reason or another, legendary.