One story about two faces of the car

2017-05-15 One story about two faces of the car

Cars are like people - they have their own stories. These can be learned in two ways: the first one is by reading a CV - a sum of dates, digits, places and cool facts. The second? We’ll talk more about that in just a few paragraphs, first we invite you to get to know the first one. The Perlage Team will in just a few moments take off in the Aston Martin DB 2/4 from 1955, proven and tested in the last Italian classic; this is our flagship car at this year’s Mille Miglia. It is the successor of the previous year’s DB2 from 1952 and will go hand-in-hand with the recent Aston Martin 15/98 from 1937.


What does a short extract from his birth certificate say?


“(...) it belongs to the Mark series introduced in 1955. Equipped with a saloon body, designed to transport 4 people in the 2 + 2 system. Due to the sporting purpose of the copy, it’s been equipped with sports seats at the front and sports seat belts, without rear seats. The vehicle is highly original - without major modifications and modernization. Presented for testing, it is practically complete, equipped in accordance with the manufacturer’s data, at the time of testing in good technical condition and interior, without significant structural changes. The vehicle’s condition does not imply the need for renovation work. The body of the tested vehicle is complete and practically without any significant deficiencies. Preserved details and rating plates. The condition of the body should be described as good, it does not require any necessary repairs, the lacquer coating is also in good condition. The construction and driving systems of the vehicle are complete, the vehicle is working, driving. Original spoked wheels, tires in good condition. Suspensions and electrical installation - original, complete. Three-door body (rear door raised up), closed, adapted to carry two people and luggage. Complete interior, retrofitted with anti-drip frame, central extinguishing system activated from inside and outside, additional clocks and indicators, including timing equipment. The vehicle does not bear traces of any stylistic alterations. Final assessment: as a result of the analysis of documents submitted and identification and testing of the vehicle, it should be considered that the item meets the conditions for unique vehicles specified by the content of legal acts including both quantitative and qualitative criterion of uniqueness (...)”


Can it even get shorter? Yes, it can:


Aston Martin; DB 2/4 model; type 620; personal purpose sports car; metal, closed, two-door saloon; Lagonda engine manufacturer; manual transmission, 4-speed; British Racing Green color; construction year 1955; date of the first registration February 11, 1955 ...
Or otherwise - this is that second way we mentioned of learning = learn about the history of the car. It’s a quick look at its shape in its natural environment - on the road. If it’s a race car - the best road is the rally. Every profile should immediately show what the creator of the racing car had in mind and how the owners have been treating it over the years. Nothing will better reflect the spirit of a historic racing car like the surroundings of other cars of the same class - in a timeless competition, in every sense of the word. And Mille Miglia is the best opportunity for this - after all, it is the selection of the most outstanding collector’s specimens from around the world. And the roaring sound? It doesn’t echo better anywhere else, like amid the winding mountain serpentines and the narrow-cobbled streets of Italian cities. And it sounds the same as it has sounded decades ago ...


We will attempt to show these views, atmosphere and stories as best as we can in the next few days. Through the prism of two Aston Martins riding in the colors of the Perlage Team surrounded by four hundred and fifty of the most unique cars in the world, rushing in a colorful procession of octaves and memories of Mille Miglia Storica who will travel through Italy as in their young years...