1938 Aston Martin 15/98 Sports Tourer / E8/790/LT Chassis Information

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1938 Aston Martin 15/981938 Aston Martin 15/981938 Aston Martin 15/981938 Aston Martin 15/981938 Aston Martin 15/981938 Aston Martin 15/981938 Aston Martin 15/98
Sports Tourer
Chassis #: E8/790/LT
Engine # E8/790/LT
Sold for $214,000 at 2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
The Aston Martin 15/98 was introduced in the mid-1930s and was named after its Royal Automobile Club's horsepower rating (15) and its brake horsepower rating (98). By this point in history, the company had firmly established the qualities that the company would be known to this day. They built high quality, hand-built, very competitive and individual sports cars for those who wished to campaign them at the multitude of racing events including hill climbs and circuit races.

The 2 Liter Astons made their debut in August of 1936 and were a substantial revision over its 1.5-liter predecessor. The four-cylinder overhead came engine grew to 1949cc and the porting was upgraded to bring the spark plugs over to the exhaust side. Girling 14-inch hydraulic brakes became standard and also added a substantial performance benefit.

The 15/98 proved to be a solid commercial success. The combined production run was approximately 150 units. This particular example is one of only 24 of the longer chassis built, measuring 9 feet 8 inches. It has a history that dates back to day one. When new, it was delivered in black livery with a green leather interior. The first owners were G.E. Layte & Co. Ltd followed by Masons Garage of Maddox St. London W1. By the Spring of 1939, the car was in the care of Mrs. McDougall of Ashford in Kent, UK and remained in her care until the late 1950s. At that point in history, its original license plates of 'EYL 286' was change to the London number 'UGK 28'. It then moved to northern England and for a time was registered with the Sheffield number 'W 28'. In the early 1970s the registration changed to a Yorkshire number 'HWR' suffix number.

It is believed that this car arrived in the United States in the early 1980s and it would reside in a long term ownership for more than two decades. In the early 2000s, the car came into the care of its present owner.

The car has recently been treated to a comprehensive body-off, bare frame, concours restoration. The car was repainted in two tone, British Racing Green with black fenders, and the interior completely redone in matching green leather.

In 2012 the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge Sale in Carmel, CA presented by Bonhams. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $214,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012

2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
$214,000

2018 1
2017 1
2016 1
2012 1
2011 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$224,000$224,0001
2017$286,000$286,0001
2016$250,480$250,4801
2012$214,000$214,0001
2011$134,794$177,1002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 Short-Chassis Open Sports by Abbey Coachworks
Chassis#: C8/821/SO
Sold for $224,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 'Short-Chassis' Open Sports
Chassis#: J8/776/LS
Sold for $286,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 image  1938 Aston Martin 15/98 image  
1938 Aston Martin 2.0-Litre 15/98 Sports Tourer
Chassis#: D8/872/SO
Sold for $250,480
  2016 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 Sports Tourer
Chassis#: E8/790/LT
Sold for $214,000
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 image  1938 Aston Martin 15/98 image  
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 Open Sports Tourer
Chassis#: B8/813/SO
Sold for $177,100
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1938 Aston Martin 15/98hp Short Chassis 2-litre Drophead Coupé with Dickey
Chassis#: D8/840/SC
Sold for $92,487
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Aston Martin 15/98's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Aston Martin 2 Litre Short chassis Drophead CoupeD8/840/SC2013 Coys Blenheim Palace $105,000$125,000

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1938 Aston Martin 15/98 vehicle thumbnail image  

Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Aston Martin 15/981939 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Abbey Coachworks
Chassis Num: G9/871/SO
Engine Num: B8/866/S


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