Aston Martin 15/98 Roadster
In the 1930s, Gordon Sutherland at Aston Martin made the decision to broaden the firm’s appeal. As such, he elected to reduce the number of two-litre saloons to be built from 100 to 50 so that a revised sports model could share production capacity. The new models made their first appearance at the 1936 Le Mans race. They were two-seaters equipped with a two-litre, 98-horsepower version of the proven Aston Martin wet-sump engine. Aston Martin combined the new car’s Royal Automobile Club horsepower rating (calculated with an antiquated formula no longer relevant today) and its actual horsepower rating to give the car its 15/98 moniker. A four-speed manual synchromesh gearbox was included, as was magneto ignition. The front axle received an upper-mounted steel cable to locate it and resist front spring wind-up. Top speed was a very respectable 82 mph in stock form.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
98 hp, 1,950 cc SOHC in-line four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front beam suspension with live axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, four-wheel drum brakes, right-hand drive. Wheelbase: 2,950 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood