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.

'Z' is for ...
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

ZF are a German company famous for both manual and automatic gearboxes. ZF is an abbreviation of Zahnradfabrik, the German work for Gear Factory.


Legendary Italian coachbuilders who have famously worked with AML on six separate occasions. In 1961, Zagato created the fabulously beautiful DB4 GT Zagato. Then in the mid 1980’s came the awesomely powerful V8 Vantage Zagato (plus the Volante too). Then in 2002, at the Paris Motor Show, AML showed the special edition DB7 Zagato, and early in 2003, the DB AR1, also built by Zagato. In 2004, Zagato displayed the V12 Vanquish Roadster which sadly did not make production. Most recently, Zagato created two unique cars to celebrate the centenary of Aston Martin in 2013, the DBS Zagato and DB9 Zagato.