Belgium celebrates Aston Martin milestone

| 31 Dec 2014

A stunning display of 45 historic Aston Martins gathered at Autoworld Brussels this week to reflect upon the legacy of the British marque following its centenary year in 2013. 

Aston Martin celebrations

A brace of DB2s were one of the standout attractions. An ex-Liege-Rome-Liege car from 1950 that had recently been restored drew admiring glances, but it was a later drophead that garnered the greatest attention.

Aston Martin celebrations

The 1952 car was displayed in as-found condition, complete with layers of dust and missing trim. It had been owned by King Baudouin I of Belgium and was on loan from the Mahymobiles Collection. 

The royal car was shown alongside a stunning Lagonda which, in contrast, was in immaculate condition. It was paired with a 1961 Golden Rapide – one of 55 examples built. 

Aston Martin celebrations

Each of the cars on display was selected for its rarity or racing pedigree, with none more special than the 1952 DB3 that Peter Collins raced at the Monaco Grand Prix. 

The oldest Aston Martin at the event was a 1925 Super Sport TC, which was followed closely by a 1935 Ulster. 

Aston Martin celebrations

A beautiful 1961 DB4GT Zagato proved to be a real hit with the crowd.

Aston Martin celebrations

The one-of-19 classic was shown alongside a more modern DB7 Zagato, of which 100 examples were produced. 

Aston Martin celebrations

The DB2 showing was rounded off by a 1952 car that at one time had belonged to a girlfriend of racing star Mike Hawthorn.