1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Sports Tourer / G9/871/SO Chassis Information

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

1939 Aston Martin 15/98 photograph

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Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Abbey Coachworks
Chassis #: G9/871/SO
Engine # B8/866/S
Sold for $616,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
The 2-liter Aston Martin designated as 15/98 was one of the last cars to use this outdated nomenclature. The numbers refer to the old fashioned Royal Automobile Club horsepower rating of 15 as well its actual rating of 98 bhp. Launched in 1936, the early 15/98s were built by Enrico Bertelli, the brother of Aston's managing director A.C. Bertelli. After his resignation in 1936 Astons used other coachbuilders, including Abbey Coachworks of Willesden in London. Abbey produced their first Aston Martin for the first London Earls Court Motor Show in 1937. In all, Aston Martin built a total of 176 2-liter cars of which 50 were short chassis open cars like this example.

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.

Sports Tourer
Coachwork: Abbey Coachworks
Chassis #: G9/871/SO
Engine # B8/866/S
Sold for $616,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, who had been selling Singer automobiles in partnership, founded Aston Martin in 1913. Martin had a passion for racing, so the pair drew on his success at the Aston Clinton Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire for the new company name. By the mid-1930s, Aston Martin had become one of the most admired British sporting makes, as it was now under the design and technical direction of Augusts 'Bert' Bertelli, who started with the company in 1926. The cars were hand-built, quick, well-engineered, and agile. Their signature 1.5-liter endurance sports racer was continually improved over the years. It took the team prize in the 1934 Tourist Trophy race in Ulster and finished in an impressive 3rd place at the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a production car, the car - now called the Ulster - was capable of 100 mph.

The Ulster production was very sporty, but it was produced in limited numbers. So the company decided to develop a more versatile offering for the company's next generation of cars. Bertelli began by giving the car a new chassis. The engine was enlarged to two liters, as its longer stroke could provide plenty of torque offering a more relaxed motoring experience. The four-cylinder, single overhead-camshaft wet sump engine developed nearly 100 horsepower and was mated to a four-speed Moss synchromesh gearbox. At all four corners were Girling rod mechanical drum brakes. The new car was marketed as the Two Litre range.

The car was originally targeted for debut at Le Mans in 1936, so a competition version - known as the Speed Model - of the Two Litre chassis was developed. Before the Le Mans race could take place, a labor strike in France occurred, resulting in the cancellation of the race. Nevertheless, production continued, with an initial focus on touring configurations, such as a closed saloon, a drophead coupe by coachbuilder Abbott, and a 2/4 seat open tourer, with road going versions dubbed 15/98.

A short-chassis version of the 15/98 was soon introduced, wearing Open Sports coachwork by Abbey Coachworks, of Willesden, London. One feature of the sports models were the removable wind wings, and the windscreen could fold flat. This bodystyle was introduced at the Earl's Court Motor Show in 1937 and around 50 examples were built in this form, out of the approximately 171 Two Litre cars produced in total by Aston Martin during the pre-war era.

This car, chassis number G9/871/S), is believed to be the last 15/98 sold before the war. The chassis is dated July of 1939. In the early 1950s, it was given its first restoration which was published in the Spring 1953 edition of the Aston Martin Owners Club Register by its new, second known owner, Mr. Louis Carvill. Mrs. Carvill earned a 1st in class in the 1953 Dublin M.C. Speed Trials. From 1960 through 1995, it lived a rather dormant life, after which it was sourced for a California client by Andy Bell. The car was stored for some years at Kevin Kay Restoration in Redding, California, before it was given a comprehensive body-off restoration was commissioned. During the restoration, a period-correct engine was supplied by Andy Bell, and the whole process was completed in 2011.

The car is finished in 'Elephant's Breath Grey,' with Saddle Tan seats and a Black folding top and carpets. Upon completion, the car was show at the Kirkland Tour d'Elegance and the Kirkland Concours (Participant's Choice Trophy, chosen by Ed Hermann, 2011), the Kuwait Concours d'Elegance (2012), The Elegance at Hershey and The Grand Ascent Hill Climb (Spirit of Competition Trophy, 2012), the Aston Martin Owners Club Lime Rock Classic Richard Stafferton Tour and Club Concours (First Place, Prewar, 2012), the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum's Best of British exhibit (Aston Martin Tribute, 2013), and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (2013).


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014

2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$300,000-$400,000 
Sale Price :
$616,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Short Chassis Open Sports
Chassis#: G9/871/SO
Sold for $616,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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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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