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.

'F' is for ...

The term used to describe some early versions of the V8 Vantage

Fuse 22

Removing Fuse 22 from most Gaydon Aston Martins purely removes the power supply to a vacuum valve in the exhaust which prevents it from closing at low engine revs. The upshot of this that even at low speeds, the exhaust is louder than Aston Martin or the authorities ever intended.

First Series

The early 1.5  litre cars built by Bertelli from 1927 to 1931.

Ford Motor Company

Took a 75% share in AML in 1987, and became full owners in the early 1990’s. Sold AML to a Kuwaiti based consortium in 2007.

Feltham, Middlesex

The effective home of Aston Martin from 1927 to the mid 1960’s. Firstly in Victoria Road until 1947, and then at Hanworth Park. Production effectively transferred to Newport Pagnell in 1959 with the DB4.