ALL THE ROAD CARS 1920s-1930s

VANTAGE - - The Specialist Jd Classics - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion En­gine power Torque 0-60mph Top speed

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

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