ALL THE ROAD CARS 1920s-1930s
1.5-litre in-line 4 55bhp n/a n/a 90mph
SPECIFICATION Engine 1949cc, in-line 4 Power 90bhp Torque n/a 0-60mph n/a Top speed 93mph
Retrospectively known as the DB1, the 2-litre Sports was the first Aston Martin to appear after the Second World War and the first under the ownership of wealthy industrialist David Brown. It was based largely on a pre-war prototype known as the Atom, and it featured refinements such as all-round coil spring suspension as well as a new 2-litre pushrod four-cylinder engine designed by Claude Hill. Lacklustre performance, largely a result of the heavy bodywork, and a high price meant only 16 examples were sold.
The rarest, most beautiful and most desirable of all post-war Astons. With the shortened chassis and highly tuned engine of the DB4 gt (but with an even higher compression ratio), and clothed in even lighter aluminium bodywork of quite exquisite proportions (the work of a young Ercole spada), Zagatos today command vast sums at auction. incredible to tell, then, that the original planned run of 25 was reduced to 20 because of lack of take-up. The unused chassis numbers were eventually recycled in the ’90s as the ‘sanction’ cars.
5340cc, V8 432bhp @ 6250rpm 400lb ft @ 5000rpm 4.8sec 186mph