1933 Aston Martin 1 1/2 Litre ‘Le Mans’
English Sports Cars 1925-1939
The first Aston-Martins established a high reputation after WW I. But poor sales caused the first of many ownership changes in 1925. Augustus ‘Bert’ Bertelli and William Renwick started production at a new works at Feltham west of London in 1926. Bertelli understood how competition could enhance sales and sanctioned the two works racers for the 1928 season. Based on the 1.5-litre, overhead-camshaft road car, they featured dry-sump lubrication. Built in two wheelbase lengths (102″ and 118″), the International was manufactured from 1929 to 1932. The ‘Le Mans’ label was first applied to the competition version of the International following Aston’s class win and 5th place at Le Mans in 1931. The model placed 5th and 7th in the 1932 race and collected the Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup. The early 1930s was a period of recession. There was a redesigned chassis frame and many other modifications resulting in what was virtually a new car, although it carried the same coachwork and was sold as the ‘New International’. The price, however, had been reduced to £475, though the Le Mans remained more expensive at £595. The ‘2nd Series’ did not last long. The New International and two-seater Le Mans disappeared before the end of 1932. That year’s Motor Show had ushered in the more familiar Le Mans 2/4-seater, which was also available on the long chassis as the Le Mans Special four-seater for £625. Only 85 2nd Series Le Mans models were made between February 1932 and December 1933.
|Dimensions||47.6 × 34.6 cm|