Aston Martin's survival in the immediate post-war
period was by no means certain, and it was to depend heavily on tractor
and gear magnate, David Brown. Purchasing the company in 1947, he
quickly followed up by buying Lagonda, moving both firms into adjacent
premises at Feltham, thus forming Aston Martin Lagonda.
Using the pre-war Atom as a basis, Aston Martin's first post-war car was
the 2-Litre Sports. It was the company's next offering, however, that
really set the ball rolling. For the DB2, Claude Hill's chassis was
mated to Lagonda's 2.6-litre twin-cam six designed by W O Bentley. This
stunning Frank Feeley-styled car was the first of a long line of Aston
This book opens with a history of Aston Martin leading up to David
Brown's purchase of the company.Then comes a highly detailed analysis of
the 2-Litre Sports (retrospectively known as the DB1), covering every
aspect of the chassis, running gear, engine and transmission. This sets
the scene for the chapters that follow, on the DB2, DB2/4, the DB2/4
Mark II and III and the sports racers DB3 and DB3S. Each of these
receives comprehensive treatment, including information on differences
from previous models, production changes, competition history,
performance and road manners.
For owners, present and prospective there is a also a chapter devoted to
the practicalities of owning and using these cars today, including
advice on common problems, maintenance and preservation.
Outstanding examples of all models have been specially photographed in
great detail for this book and are featured in some 110 colour shots.
There are also around 140 black-and-white photographs drawn from the
archives as well as material from Aston Martin sales and publicity
Models covered: DB1 1948-50, DB2 1950-53, DB2/4 1953-55, DB2/4 MkII
1955-57, DB2/4 MkIII 1957-59, plus Competition models DB3 1951-53 and