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.

'N' is for ...
Neiman Marcus

Nieman Marcus is an American luxury specialty Department store that added two special edition  cars to their famous Christmas Book, the DB7 i6 Neiman Marcus Volante and the Neiman Marcus Vanquish Volante.


‘N’ cars

This is a name used by AML to describe special editions of the V8 Vantage such as the N400, N420 and N430 all of which are influenced by the V8 Vantage N24 racecar. The ‘N’ is short for Nürburgring


A NACA duct is a low drag air inlet design developed in 1945 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Although not commonly seen on Aston Martins, NACA ducts are seen on the V8 Vantage Zagato Mule, the V8 Zagato and the AMR1.


A sports racing car of the early to mid 1980s powered by the Aston Martin V8 engine. Built by Nimrod Racing Automobiles, these are technically not true Aston Martins as defined by the Aston Martin Register yet are regarded most highly in Aston Martin circles.

Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire

Factory in Tickford Street, formally Salmons and then Tickfords coachbuilders. Home to Aston Martin from 1958 with the DB4 until 2007 when production of the V12 Vanquish S ended. Still home to Works Service.