The new Aston Martin DB11 is the heir to a long saga dating back to 1948. With the arrival of this new model is a good opportunity to remember how important are these initials in the history of Aston Martin and models that have been able to wear the prestigious initials.

As you know, DB stands for David Brown. It was not the founder of the brand but one who has done more for the brand and gave him more successes, both competition and sales or prestige. If when you start an Aston Martin recently, it greets you with a Power, Beauty and Soul, you can be sure there is much of David Brown Soul (soul).

David Brown

David Brown's was definitely one of the most important chapters in the history of the brand began to be written in 1947. In an announcement Times newspaper offered for sale a "business high-end automobiles". David Brown, an industrialist who made his fortune manufacturing tractors, responded by offering 20,000 pounds. Before deciding he could drive the Atom, a prototype that it had an embryonic form of spaceframe, aluminum body and independent front suspension. This left him very impressed and buying the company was formalized. In 1948, he bought another English manufacturer going through difficulties, Lagonda. He united the two brands into one company and created Aston Martin Lagonda, name that is known today.

David Brown, left with Caroll Shelby.

David Brown was the man who grew the most prestigious brand and gave. In 1959, after several unsuccessful attempts, came the long-awaited overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with DBR1 driven by Roy Salvadori and Caroll Shelby himself. The DB4 GT also revealed a success in competition, hurting Ferrari, both on the track and on the road. However, David Brown could not transform these successes in car sales street with the same success as it did Jaguar. In 1964, Aston Martin withdrew from the competition and focused on street cars. But a phone call would make David Brown lograse one of the best marketing operations in history.

Eon Productions needed a sports English for James Bond in Goldfinger. While the novels Bond drives a Bentley, Robert Broccoli was thinking of the Jaguar E-Type to take to the big screen, then the E-Type was not going over. But Sir William Lyons refused to leave you with three E-Type for shooting. Broccoli then called for what was his second choice, Aston Martin. David Brown agreed happy. That's how after just 13 minutes of screen time, Aston Martin (thanks to the silver DB5 Silver Birch) has become a real icon.

In 1972, David Brown Aston Martin Lagonda sold two investors, the American Peter Sprague and Canadian George Minden. And he did the same year as the DBS stopped manufactured. When Ford took control of the brand, I do not hesitate to resume DB acronym for the new model developed under its umbrella, as if to mark that opened new era of growth and success for the brand.

2 Liter Sports (DB1) (1948-1950)

The first model of this new era the 2 Liter Sports and it was the first to show off, albeit in embryonic form, the famous radiator grille leading Aston Martin today all. In retrospect it was called DB1. Equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder was considered that lacked power and despite having won the 24 Hours of Spa in 1948, only managed to sell 16 units. But it did not matter, David Brown was already thinking of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 6-cylinder blocks.

DB2 (1950-1953)

Brown knew the Aston Martin were strong chassis, but lacked powerful engines. Thus it is understood that David Brown bought Lagonda in 1948. He did essentially by its 2.6-liter 6-cylinder designed by Willie Wilson, under the supervision of very W.O. Bentley. Chassis union with Aston Martin Lagonda online 6 led to DB2.

The DB2 DB1 succeeded in 1949 when a trio of DB2 participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but the DB2 series was presented in 1950 in New York. That same year, George Abecassis and Lance Marklin finished fifth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a DB2. Aston Martin was now flooded with orders. 410 units were manufactured DB2 Street.

DB 04/02 (1953-1957)

He DB2 / 4 He replaced directly to DB2. The battle was lengthened to allow the installation of two small seats behind the name of DB2 / 4, for the four seats. The engine, meanwhile, also grew. Initial 2.6 liters passed to a displacement of 2.9 liters. 761 units DB2 / 4 were manufactured, both 4 seater coupe as loveseat or convertible.

DB MkIII (1957-1959)

Aston Martin was still not ready the new model. So that customers are not impatient, we chose in-depth update DB2 / 4 MkIII to create the DB. 6 online Lagonda was enhanced to deliver nearly 180 hp, while the front brakes became disc after the first 100 manufactured.

Design, with respect to DB2 / 4 is more fluid and elegant. DB MkIII is also the first car in the brazenly appreciated that the typical shape of the radiator grille that has remained until today.

DB4 (1958-1963)

The new model would arrive in 1958. The DB4 did not mean a complete break with the previous model, but it was a huge step forward in many respects. The body is Superleggera was Touring work following its usual method: aluminum panels on a tubular fabric. Equipping a new inline 6-cylinder 3.7 liter and 240 hp.

Based on DB4 they are also produced two special series. He DB4 GT, He is prefiguring the DB5, and the spectacular DB4 GT Zagato, which they are initially produced 19 units. The latter was designed to compete against Ferrari circuit and set a precedent for David Gauntlett decades later the V8 Vantage Zagato idease and whose sale helped finance the development of Aston Martin Virage.

DB5 (1963-1965)

If you have to define Aston Martin for one of its models, it would certainly be the DB5. Famous for being the car James Bond, It is more than that. The lines become more fluidsas, sculpted and win in sportsmanship. The eternal inline 6 passes the 4.0 liter to 282 hp. In addition, it equipped with a manual 5-speed ZF and disc brakes at all four wheels.

DB6 (1965-1970)

At first glance and forehead it is easy to confuse the Aston Martin DB5 DB6 and (even with the DB4 GT). In fact, DB5 and DB6 are similar Also at the technical level. The main differences are a higher roof, a longer wheelbase and rear fastback type tronca coda. The goal: to improve the stability of the car at high speed. Despite its larger dimensions, Aston Martin got the weight of the car is maintained, because the Qb6 weighs only 8 kg more than the DB5.

DBS (1967-1972)

It was a model of complicated pregnancy. Carrozzeria Touring was to design it, but closed its doors and was eventually designed by William Towns. It hit the market in 1967 but the first units equipping 6-cylinder DB6 (boosted to 325 hp in the Vantage version) because the V8 that should cheer was not ready until 1969. The DBS and V8 form the basis for the Aston Martin range until the arrival of Virage 1989.

DB7 (1994-1999) and DB7 Vantage (1999-2003)

22 years after David Brown sold the brand to investors, came a new model Aston Martin. And he did it in a segment where the brand had never been before. Under the control of Ford, the DB7 was designed as a model access range, that is, as an opponent of the Porsche 911. The DB7 designed by Ian Callum floorpan with Jaguar XK8, while its six cylinders derived from a unit Jaguar well prepared by Tom Walkingshaw Racing (TWR).

He DB7 and 6-cylinder 360 hp serve as access to range, especially when in 1999 came the Vantage version equipped with a 6.0-liter V12 and 420 hp. DB7 Vantage of 6677 units were sold, including Volante convertible versions, the DB7 Zagato and DB AR1, also created by Zagato.

DB AR1 (2003-2004)

He DB American Roadster 1, more known as DB AR1, It is certainly one of the most peculiar Aston Martin history. Designed exclusively for the US market, and more specifically for California and Florida, the car was unveiled in January 2003 in the Hall of Los Angeles. DB7 Vantage based on the steering wheel, the car is an open two-seater (no hood). Still, the car was a success and only 9 of the 99 that were produced were sold in Europe, one of them being also the only model with RHD and delivered to a customer in the UK.

DB AR1 uses the chassis DB7 Volante due to the need to standardize the car in the United States; shorter distance between the axes (to be different from the original DB7) have required new crash tests Aston Martin not want to pay to be a limited range. The engine, however, is not the DB7 but the 6.0-liter V12 and 425 hp Vanquish.

DB9 (2004-2016)

The DB7 was a commercial success, but the real Aston Martin return to the first row is made with DB9. He inaugurated the VH platform that served as the basis for all Aston Martin to present. DB9 spectacular body is the work of Ian Callum, while under the hood we find the DB7 V12.

DBS (2007-2012)

The DB9 presaged a bright future for Aston Martin yet darkened a bit in 2006 when Ford sold the company. To compensate for the lack of investment for the development of a completely new model, Aston Martin did what he always knew how to do well: develop a good base in a multitude of variants. The most spectacular is the DBS: Aggressive body kit, carbon fiber everywhere and V12 boosted to 510 hp.

DB10 (2015)

The last DB until the arrival of DB11 DB10 is this. Technically it is a V8 Vantage recarrozado which 10 units were manufactured especially for the film "Specter" the saga of James Bond. Of these one unit it has been sold.

Bonus track: DBR1 (1959)

One of the most iconic brand cars since won 24 Hours of Le Mans 1959. He DBR1 1959 is an evolution of the model presented for the season of 1956. Initially equipped the 6-cylinder 2.5-liter Lagonda, but in his latest evolution culminating in 3.0 liters of displacement and 250 hp for a weight of 800 kg.

Bonus track (2): And the DB8?

Indeed, no DB8. The reasons that led to Aston Martin to dispense with the nickname DB8 are several and none has been truly confirmed by the brand. In industry, however, they give good three main reasons why the DB9 did not become the DB8. One is that, after sharing the DB7 many elements with the Jaguar XK8, the brand managers did not want to be assimilated the new Jaguar XK8 DB9. The second is to be avoided so that the public and the potential client thought that the car equipase a V8 when in fact it was a V12. And three, the English pronunciation DB8 closely resembles that of "deviate" (To deviate deviate); which for a car is not the best name.