Aston Martin and Perlage: taste matters

2017-04-13 Aston Martin and Perlage: taste matters

Last year, Perlage colors were represented by a silver Aston Martin DB2 from 1952, resembling cans filled with our sparkling water. This edition - and we are totally excited about this - we will take part in two cars! A few numbers regarding the first car today. DB 2/4 is the successor - how could it be otherwise - of the two-person DB 2. Aston Martin designed it as a sports car of Gran Turismo class. The acronym GT has for years been the most frequent one in contemporary motorization. Cars of DB 2/4 class stand at its beginning, giving promising ripples with their engines. What is Gran Turismo? To put it simply, it’s the call of the road. Gran Turismo is a journey, where the route is as important as the target. Or in many cases, more important, because if you don’t manage to reach the target - for any reason - the route itself will be successful anyway. It’s the quintessence of automotive pleasure.

Gran Turismo is the joy of overcoming space. It is the freedom of being present in successive places. It’s a journey with class and style. Once, in times of our DB 2/4, Gran Turismo was also an art of planning trips and choosing roads. Let’s not forget that this idea hatched parallel to the idea of a Michelin guide giving recommendations for spots to help drivers repair their cars and to look for accommodation and places for a good meal during the trip. The guide included addresses of petrol stations, workshops, tire stores, information on tire replacement prices and car repairs as well as food and beverage recommendations. In 1926, it introduced a rating in the form of a star, which was awarded to restaurants with tasty food.

Two and three stars were added a few years later. One star marked a place worth stopping by on the way, two stars pointed to those for which it was worth getting off the main course, three - those to which you were specially recommended to go. If a Michelin guide were to also recommend cars visiting these places, then Aston Martin DB 2/4 would surely receive three stars. As one of the few, it combined masterfully contradicting ideas of “sportiness” and “routeness” of a car. What is more: in every version. The model was made by Aston Martin in the years 1953-1957 and was available as a 3-door Saloon, 2-door Drophead Coupe and Fixed Head Couple and a 2-door convertible. A short two-door Spider series by Bertone was also issued. The drive used longitudinal, naturally aspirated gasoline engines R6 DOHC placed at the front, with capacities of 2.7 or 2.9 liters - powered by three two-bank carburetors. Torque was transferred to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission. A new factory car developed speed that was cosmic for that time: a hundred in 10.5 s, accelerating to a maximum of 191km/h. In 1955, three copies were prepared for the Monte Carlo Rally and - how else could it be - Mille Miglia.

And here history comes full circle: our copy, which will travel in the Thousand Miles, comes from the Mark series, specifically type Saloon. Due to its sports purpose, it was originally equipped with sports seats at the front and seatbelts and had no rear seats. According to the common opinion, it’s a unique car in every way. Just like the event in which it will take part ...