Type Plate  Aston Martin Auto:

Location of the type plate

The type plate is usually installed in the engine compartment.
In older vehicles it is riveted, in more recent vehicles it is glued.

DB2
(on the right side in the engine compartment, as viewed from the drivers’s seat, behind the jack)
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DB4 – DB6
(on the right interior wing)
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 Aston Martin Auto V8 / V8 Vantage (1972 – 1990)
(on the right interior wing, sometimes also on the left interior wing)
Lagonda Serie I – IV
(on the right interior wing)
Virage  Aston Martin Auto and V8 Vantage (1993 – 2000)
(on the right interior wing)
V8 Vantage LeMans (a total of 40 vehicles)
(on the left interior wing)
 Aston Martin Auto DB7
(on the right interior wing; may be enclosed by a plastic cover)
DB7 Vantage
(on the right interior wing)

 Aston Martin Auto V12 Vanquish (on the cross member near the bonnet fastening)

V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage (on the side on the right suspension strut dome)

DB9, DBS, Rapide

(behind the front plastic cladding more or less in the middle under the cross member which is beneath it)

Composition and appearance of the type plates Aston Martin Auto

Older models:
In the early models prior to the DB7 series, the type plates were made of brass
and were attached to the vehicle with copper rivets.
The data were punched in.

DB2
DB 4 – DB6
V8 / V8 Vantage (1972-1990)
Lagonda Serie I – IV
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Virage and V8 Vantage (1993 – 2000)
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Aston Martin Plate V8 Vantage LeMans

Vanquish

In the Vanquish, an unpolished aluminium plate with pin-marked (neddle-punched) figures was used.

Aston Martin Vanquish plate
Aston Martin Vanquish + Vanquish S
Vanquish + Vanquish S Aston Martin
Vanquish + Vanquish S Aston Martin
(new e11 number and weight data)
Vanquish + Vanquish S Aston Martin
Close-up view of a needle-punched entry

V8 Vantage, DB9, DBS, Rapide

The type plates of the more recent models are uniform. The data are engraved in a polished aluminium platelet. The logo, the written name “Aston Martin Lagonda Limited“ and the black frame are always printed thereon

Type Plate DBS Aston Martin
DBS
Rapide Aston Martin
Rapide Aston Martin
Rapide Aston Martin
Close-up view of an etched entry

Type plates for the North American market
Vehicles for the U.S./Canadian market have glued, laser-marked type plates with data according to U.S. regulations. The plates are usually glued to the drivers’s door. (picture: Rapide).

The typography of the VIN on the U.S- VIN plate of the Rapide corresponds to the engraved VIN of the Rapide (the letters are not always completely depicted, see F, H, A).

Aston Martin body plate from Superleggera

The car bodies of the DB4 – DB6 models were manufactured by Superleggera in Milan/Italy, among others, which is indicated by a special plate near the VIN plate in the engine compartment.
It is a brass plate with punched-in data.

Aston Martin body plate from Superleggera
Next to the type plate in the engine compartment.
Aston Martin body plate from Superleggera
Close-up view

The body number corresponds to the VIN and has to be identical to the VIN on the type plate.

Aston Martin body plate from Superleggera
Car body plate                                                                      Type Plate

Engine Number  Aston Martin Auto :

The engine number can be used at the works to identify a specific vehicle.
However importers and dealerships can only identify the engine number using the VIN.

Location of the engine number Aston Martin

The engine number  normally stampe  onto the engine block.
The position can vary depending on the type of engine.
On some engines (e.g. on the Aston Martin DB7 R6-engine and V8 Vantage from 2005) the positioning of the engine number makes it very difficult to read.
In early models (all vehicles prior to the V8 Vantage of the 1990s) the engine number is identical to the last figures of the VIN.
For this reason, the same number punche  into replacement engines of these models.
Only the manufacturer (Aston Martin Work Service) can find out in their records archive whether a replacement engince has been installed.

Location of the engine number Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB4 – DB6 6-cylinder engine
(at the front left, as viewed from the driver’s seat, easily visible from above)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin
V8 / V8 Vantage (1972 – 1990) V8-cylinder engine
(top front, between the cylinder blocks,in the picture, the cylinder blocks  covered.)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1993 – 2000, early models
V8 Vantage 1993 – 2000, early models
V8-cylinder 2-valve engine (at the transition to the transmission on the left side)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1993 – 2000, early models
V8 Vantage (1993 – 2000, late models)
V8-cylinder 4-valve engine
(at the transition to the oil pan on the right side)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin DB7 6-cylinder
DB7 6-cylinder engine
(at the back of the engine at the transition to the transmission on the left side, hardly visible)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin DB7 12-cylinder
DB7 Vantage V12-cylinder engine
(front left, as viewed from the driver’s seat, readily visible from above past the air intake tube)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin Vanquish V12-cylinder
Vanquish V12-cylinder engine (front left, as viewed from the driver’s seat,next to the oil filter receptacle, visible from above)
Location of the engine number Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2005 cylinder engine
V8 Vantage 2005 cylinder engine
(placed on the side, towards the bottom on the engine block; only visible from below when the lower engine cladding between the penultimate and the last manifold elbow has been removed).
(In this image the engine cladding and the manifold have been removed).
Location of the engine number Aston Martin DB9, DBS, Rapide V12-cylinder engine
Aston Martin DB9, DBS, Rapide V12-cylinder engine
(laterally on top of the outer side of the left cylinder block underneath the air intake tube)
Aston Martin DBS V12-cylinder engine
DBS V12-cylinder engine
Lateral view

Aston martin One-77 V12-cylinder engine

One-77 V12-cylinder engine
(laterally far down on the outer side of the left cylinder block)

 Appearance of the engine number

The engine number punche into the engine block (earlier vehicles), pin-marked/needle-punched (V8 Vantage) or engraved (DB9/DBS starting 2009).
Whereas earlier engines   manufacture by Cosworth in Great Britain and have a manually punched-in engine number, the engine numbers of more recent engines, starting 2004, (manufactured in the Aston-Martin engine plant on the site of the Ford plant in Cologne-Niel) have been applied mechanically and thus more precisely.

Examples:

DB4 – DB6 Aston Martin
DB4 – DB6 Aston Martin R6-cylinder engine (The area around the engine number  often painted red so that it is easier to detect.)
V8 Vantage (1972 – 1990)
V8 Vantage (1972 – 1990)
V8 cylinder engine
Aston Martin Lagonda V8-cylinder 2-valve engine
Aston Martin Lagonda
V8-cylinder 2-valve engine
V8 Vantage (1993 – 2000) V8-cylinder 4-valve engine
V8 Vantage (1993 – 2000)
V8-cylinder 4-valve engine
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Vanquish
(engine from Cosworth plant)
2. Example Vanquish (engine from Cosworth plant)
DB9 (2005 – 2008)
punched-in engine number
DB9 (from 2009)
Engraved engine number, date of manufacture is needle-punched below
V8 Vantage (from 2005)
Close-up of the engine number needle-punched in an overlapping manner
(V8 Vantage from 2005)
DBS
Engraved engine number, date of manufacture  needle-punche  below

Engine number sticker

Some of the newer engines (e.g. V12 engine in the DB9/DBS) have an engine number sticker at the rear of the engine on a plastic support above the gearbox.
On this sticker, you find the engine identification number with engine type and engine serial number.
As well as the manufacturing date of the engine.

1 = engine manufacturing date (here: 8 February, 2010) 2 = engine type (here: AM09) 3 = engine serial number (here: 26843)

Breakdown of the engine number

Gearbox number:

The gearbox number can  use  at the works to identify a specific vehicle.Current models are of the transaxle construction type, which means that the gearbox  not flange  to the engine but, for reasons of optimum weight distribution, locate just before the rear axle directly at the differential.

Location of the gearbox number for  Aston Martin Auto

The current Aston Martin vehicles  equippe  with gearboxes manufactured by “ZF“ and “Graziano“
The automatic gearboxes (standard in DB9, DBS, Rapide models)   maKe by ZF, the appropriate differentials are made by Graziano.The manual gearboxes (V8 Vantage) and the sport shift gearboxes (automated gearbox, on special request) are completely made by Graziano.

ZF gearbox

The gearbox identification number of ZF automatic gearboxes is located on the left side of the gearbox

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Graziano gearbox

The gearbox identification number of manuak gearboxes by Graziano is located under the gearbox, level with the rear axle.

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The Graziano sport shift gearbox additionally has a hydraulic system on the left side (without individual number),and the gearbox number is located at the same place as in the manual gearbox

 Aston Martin Auto Graziano differential

The Graziano differential number (for automatic gearboxes made by ZF) is located underneath the differential, level with the rear axle.

Differential, removed
Differential, installed

Appearance of the gearbox number for  Aston Martin Auto

The gearbox number indicate on a riveted metal plate on the casing.
The data on the metal plate needle-punche  by Graziano, with the single dots overlapping; at ZF the data   engrave , the respective starting points of the engravings being clearly visible.

Closer  of the metal number plate of the Graziano gearbox
Close to of the metal number plate of the Graziano differential
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Close  of the metal number plate of the ZF gearbox
(the upper number is the gearbox number)
Close-up of the engraved number, the starting points of the engraving being clearly visible.

Gearbox number sticker

In the ZF automatic gearbox, the additional gearbox number sticker is located on top of the gearbox housing approximately level with the gearbox number plate.

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The gearbox number sticker of the  Aston Martin Auto Graziano manual gearbox is located on a bracket above the gearbox.

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The Graziano differential also has a sticker on which the differential number  repeate .
It is located on the housing

Explanation of the  Aston Martin Auto Graziano gearbox number

No. Full text Entry (Example) Explanation
1 Codice GTG – GTG Code 3462503-00 Internal designation of the gearbox manufacturer
2 Codice AML – AML Code 6633-7002-AH Item number, internal designation by Aston Martin Lagonda.
3 Matricola – Serial 00865 7N Serial/Individual number
4 Codice Forn – Suppl. Code C226A Internal designation of the supplier

Vehicle Keys for Aston Martin Auto :

Aston Martin Auto come with two keys. A total of six keys can  programme  subsequently by an Aston Martin diagnostic tool via an online connection (protected Internet connection with user ID and password) to the host computer at the Aston Martin plant.
While the full version of the diagnostic instruments delivere to official Aston Martin dealers and the basic version (worth approx. € 10,000) also sell to independent dealers/workshops.
The keys do not contain the Vehicle Identification Nember or any service data.
The keys do however have a serial number, which can be identified at the works using the VIN.
In vehicles as from model year 2008, you can also find out the VIN on the basis of the key serial number, as the barcode with the serial number scanne in the key packaging before the keys delivere .
Older models have mechanical keys and (in the old Ford design) with a remote control appended.
From these keys the mechanical lock code of the key bit can be read,that it may be possible because further information is available – to identify the corresponding vehicle.

Newer models have an electronic key, the mechanical part  use to open the doors and the glove compartment.
The car starte  by inserting the electronic key in a shaft in the central console.

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The latest version of electronic keys for all current models starting model year 2009 comprises and chrome frame and a glass mount at the rear end through which the brand logo can be seen.
The keys of DBS models  decorate  with a sapphire; these keys are worth about € 2,000.

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