Aston Martin 15/98 Roadster
Aston Martin’s pre-war 2-Litre models offered a wider product line, but sales were slow for the four-seat, two-door long-wheelbase open model, and planned saloon production was halved from 100 to just 50 units. To utilize existing production capacity, a sportier and less-costly short-chassis 2/4-passenger car was conceived and powered by a standard wet-sump engine to provide sporty open motoring without racing pretentions.
Abbey Coachworks of Willesden in London produced the sporty body for the new model, which debuted at the inaugural Earl’s Court Motor Show in 1937. The car, dubbed the 15/98, was priced at £575 complete, and just 50 were produced. Now, as then, it remains a quintessential pre-war English roadster with handsome styling and room for up to four.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.
98 bhp, 1,949 cc inline four-cylinder engine, twin SU carburettors, manual gearbox, live front and rear axles, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102".
Source: RM Auctions
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