Glossary of Aston Martin Terms
If you’re new the the fascinating world of Aston Martins, this this glossary may help you. Words like ‘superleggera’ ‘kamm tail’ and ‘cosmetic’ often cause confusion so this section is here to demystify things a little. I have tried to include as many specialised Aston Martin related words as possible plus some others which have caused confusion to visitors in the past. Please do not hesitate to E-mail me if you would like any others words to appear.
British Racing Drivers Club
Enrico (Harry) Bertelli was the brother of Bert Bertelli, who set up his coach building business next door to the Aston Martin factory in Feltham during the 1930’s. Most Aston Martins of this period received coachwork by Bertelli.
A body style usually a sporty 2 seater or 2+2 seater coupe, although the literal translation from the Italian is ‘little saloon’. A great example of the berlinetta coachwork on an Aston Martin is the DB2/4 Berlinetta by Bertone.
A style of coachwork, usually a small open 2 seater sports car with minimal adornments. Barchetta is Italian for ‘little boat’. Some Aston Martins are described as ‘Barchetta’, although non fits the term better than the DB2/4 Spider by Bertone
A Danish manufacturer of high end audio products. Has had a relationship with Aston Martin since 2008 when a BeoSound system was offered as standard equipment in the DBS.
BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik are a German wheel manufacturer started in 1970. Supplier of wheels for the V8 range from the mid to late 1980’s. The initials BBS are based on the last names of the two founders and the city in which the company was founded (Baumgartner, Brand, Schiltach).
A Barn Find is the description for an extremely original car that has been unearthed following many years off the road. It does not necessarily have to have been lost or even stored in a barn. Typically, they sell for far more that would have been anticipated. Such cars often are sold at the annual AM Bonhams auction held beach year at Aston Martin Works