Serge Bellu’s latest work is devoted to the firm Aston Martin, the atypical GT manufacturer which has always stood out for the elegance of its creations.
We no longer present Serge Bellu, one of the most eminent automotive feathers in France. It is the DB saga that is in the spotlight in this book, but the author does not forget to retrace the tumultuous history of the brand born in 1913, according to its changes of owners and the economic vagaries.
His name is Brown, David Brown
The line of “DB” is obviously linked to David Brown, who, after having climbed all the levels in the family business, engages in the production of tractors and makes a fortune. In 1947, this car enthusiast wanted to expand his activities and bought for very little Aston Martin and Lagonda, two brands then in great difficulty and with an aging industrial apparatus, which he would revolutionize and relaunch. He then gave the new Aston Martin models his own “DB” initials and successfully ran the brand at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the world sports car championship.
The DB line was inaugurated in 1950 by the DB2, which is the culmination of the 2-Liter Sport developed in 1948 mainly for competition. The saga continues with the DB3 and DB4, available in versions more sprortive Vantage and convertible Volante, as well as iconic models, such as models bodied by Touring and Zagato and of course the essential DB5 of 1963, immortalized in the cinema by the film. Goldfinger and James Bond. The DB5 becomes to Sean Connery what the Batmobile is to the bat man, but still classier.
After a nasty DBS, the DB label faded in the 70s and 80s, when Aston Martin went through difficult times with the oil shocks, the industrial crisis in the United Kingdom then a waltz of shareholders until the takeover by Ford in 1986 which finally brings stability. La Griffe DB returned in 1993, quite a symbol when David Brown died. The saga continues until the DBS Superleggera and the DBX, the first Aston Martin SUV, witness to the tastes and developments of our time.
Richly illustrated and always as complete in the descriptions, history and technical characteristics (which go to the basics), without forgetting the focus on great engineers like Tadek Marek (the father of the most famous V6 and V8 AM), the designers, sports programs and entrepreneurs linked to Aston, including the most recent, Lawrence Stroll, this book condenses with quality the essence of Aston Martin and the finest successes of its production.
Prefaced by Mark Reichman, style director at Aston Martin, this book is priced at 35 euros.