Aston Martin started work on its dream car just before the outbreak of war and completed it early in 1940. With uncanny foresight, the company christened the new car 'Atom' and registered the name with the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders. Key to the concept was the integral construction of body framing and chassis, which were made from rectangular steel tubes. These were simpler to join together than round tubes, and their cross sections varied according to the stress they had to bear.
Atom's bold styling offered a taste of Aston Martins to come - it was one of the first fully-functioning concept cars.
Having displayed interest in buying Aston Martin, David Brown, of the Yorkshire gear and tractor manufacturers "David Brown Corporation", tried Atom and was enchanted. He bought the company for £20,500 in 1947.
Atom could reach 90mph, and there were no body rattles
Gordon Sutherland, whose idea it had been, completed 90,000 miles in Atom between 1940 and 1947