Ford Motor Co. sells Aston Martin on March 12, 2007, to a consortium of investors in a deal that valued the British brand at $925 million.
The buyers included British racing mogul David Richards and a pair of Kuwaiti companies, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment.
Ford had owned Aston Martin, a longtime star of James Bond films, since 1987.
Ford, which had placed Aston Martin up for sale in August 2006 as part of a broad restructuring, retained 15 percent of the marque, valued at about $77 million at the time. Ford had posted a loss of $12.7 billion in 2006.
The sale was part of Ford's plan to focus on core automotive operations and introduce new or redesigned cars and trucks at a faster pace.
Aston Martin had been one of Ford's few profitable brands in the early 2000s, although its low sales volume made it more a source of cachet than earnings.
The sale marked the return of Aston Martin to British ownership at a time when other famed British automotive brands had fallen into foreign hands. Ford eventually sold its two remaining British brands, Jaguar and Land Rover.
Daimler acquired a small stake in Aston Martin in 2013 as part of a technical partnership.
The Lagonda badge is being revived as Aston Martin's electric-only brand. Aston Martin bought Lagonda, which was established in 1904, in 1947 but stopped building Lagonda models in 1958. The name has been used on just two Aston Martin-designed production cars since.