Can a car and a bottle of water have something in common? Aston Martin and Cisowianka Perlage are certainly the epitome of luxury, class and uniqueness. They are also joined by something more - a joint expedition to Mille Miglia - one of the most wonderful races of antique cars in the world. The Cisowianka Perlage Crew sat in no other than the Aston Martin itself. Find out more about the history of this car!
It has been 50 years that James Bond has been driving Aston Martin. The first to drive it was Sean Connery as Agent 007; he drove Aston Martin DB5 in 1964 in Goldfinger. A year later, the classic DB5 silver was featured in Operation Thunderbolt, and a few years ago we had the opportunity to admire it in Skyfall. According to the official rank, Aston Martin is the most coveted car in the UK - especially the classic DB5, which is largely due to the Agent 007 films!
DB - Mysterious initials
The DB5, DB7 or the latest DB11 owe their delightful stylistics of British elegance combined with a sports character to Aston Martin DB2. To be precise, to the man whose initials have graced the DB models for almost seventy years. It is no other than David Brown.
In 1947, British industrialist David Brown, a manufacturer of gearboxes and Ferguson-Brown tractors, became the owner of Aston Martin. A fun fact is that the Ferguson brand is known in Poland thanks to the Ursus MF-255 tractors, manufactured since 1984 under the license of the Canadian-American company Massey Ferguson, originating from the David Brown company.
Production of classics
In preparation for manufacture of the new model, David Brown took over the British brand Lagonda in 1947. As a result, the company got its hands on the successful 2.6-liter six-cylinder straight engine from Lagonda with two overhead camshafts by Walter Owen Bentley - founder of the British Bentley.
The victory of the new Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports model, put out for the 24-hour race at Spa in 1948, came as a great surprise. The first two years brought about the manufacutre of as little as fourteen copies, but its success in sport gave rise to the next DB2 project and was a beginning of the famous Aston Martin series with the signature DB initials.
Disaster on track
The first race of the three latest DB2models, equipped with a 2-liter engine and a new 2.6-liter unit from Lagonda, ended in a disaster. A factory driver of Aston Martin died in the accident. The second DB2 equipped with the Lagonda engine withdrew due to a failure, and the third Aston reached the finish line at seventh place.
The losing streak was quickly overcome and DB2 made way to its first podium during the 24-hour race at Spa in 1949. In 1951, the factory crew had two Aston Martins DB2 prepared for the race in the struggle for the highest positions, with their famous registration numbers XMC 76 and XMC 77. The cars ended up high in the general classification and in classes, amongst others, in the legendary 24 hour Le Mans race.
Are you curious how the Aston Martin DB2 will do on track?
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