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.

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Garmin is multinational corporation and producer of GPS navigation equipment. The Garmin sat-nav became standard fit on Aston Martins from 2011 with the Virage

Carrozzeria Ghia

A famous Italian Carrozzeria and car design company. Responsible for the Ghia Supersonic, of which one was built on an Aston Martin chassis and also the wonderful 1990’s Lagonda Vignale. In 1970, Ghia became part of the Ford Motor Company, the name was used to denote the highest trim level in many Ford cars from the 1970’s right through till the new millennium.


Graber, also known as Carrosserie Hermann Graber, were a coach building firm from Wichtrach, Switzerland from the mid 1020’s to 1970. Whilst more well known for coach built Alvis cars, The company also built a few special bodies for the DB2.


GKN is British vehicle and aircraft components company who provided the alloy wheels used on the DBS V8 and AM V8 range until the mid 1980’s


Gen4 or Genoration 4 refers to cars using the revised VH architecture such as the VH310 Vanquish, Rapide S and ‘new DB9’. These cars all feature a revised frontal crash structure where the engine is mounted 19mm lower in the chassis than previous models for improved pedestrian safety.

Gaydon, Warwickshire

Site of the new AML facility built on the site of a former RAF V-bomber base. Opened in September 2003 with manufacture of the DB9 starting in early 2004. A second production line for the V8 Vantage opened in 2005.

Geneva Salon

The annual Geneva Motor Show, where many new Aston Martins are first unveiled, such as the V8 Vantage Zagato, DB7i6 and V12 Vanquish.

Goodwood, Sussex

The race circuit where Aston Martin clinched the 1959 World Sportscar Championship with the DBR1. Always closely associated with the marque.


The first film in which the fictional spy, James Bond (played by Sean Connery), drove an Aston Martin, in this case, a much modified Silver Birch DB5.

Green Pea

The very oldest racing Aston Martin, a 1.5 litre 16 valve Grand Prix car by Bamford and Martin that is that is still raced to this day.