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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone MkI

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone MkI in The History of Aston Martin: The Definitive Story, Documentary, 2004 IMDB Ep. 3.4

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone MkI

Position 00:10:20 [*] Background vehicle

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alchemistoxford UK

2007-04-03 10:53


alchemistoxford wrote This striking Aston Martin DB2 spyder was the work of the greatest automotive designer of his era: Franco Scaglione. When Scaglione designed this brilliant Aston, he was the chief stylist at Bertone. At that time, Stanley H. Arnolt was on the Board of Directors of Bertone, and he negotiated the contract with Aston Martin to build a few cars with Bertone bodies to be badged as Arnolt-Aston Martins. I am only aware of 3 Arnolt Aston Martins, but there may have been more. The Arnolt marque awaits a definitive biography. The importance of this design to automotive history is that it represents what was literally a once only conjunction between: Franco Scaglione, Nuccio Bertone, David Brown and Stanley Arnolt - a collaboration that produced a stunningly beautiful Aston Martin, even if it is known to cogniscenti as an Arnolt-Aston Martin. Scaglione's Arnolt-Aston may have influenced the design of the DB3S with its origami-esque creases on its wings, fore and aft and its lovely centre crease. Scaglione gave his Arnolt-Aston a much more modern grille, one that evolved into the characteristic shape of the marque so well known today. The stance of the Arnolt-Aston is modern and aggressive, and its proportions make it an instantaneous classic of the modern era. The surfaces of Scaglione's masterpiece (one of many) work their magic in virtually any lighting condition. In my humble opinion, this Aston is far more important than the Aston Martin DB4 Zagato or any of the more recent designs for Aston by Bertone and Zagato. It would take a genius the equivalent of Scaglione to transform one of the latest DBS's into an Aston as significant as this one, a very unlikely circumstance.

This car shold certainly be renamed the Arnolt-Aston Martin with body by Bertone.

Here is a link to a page with some additional images and information - not all of which is accurate: http://www.astonmartins.com/feltham/db2_4_bertone.htm

-- Last edit: 2007-04-03 10:58:25

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