The famous 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre series was engineered by Augustus C. Bertelli and introduced in 1927. The cars were built at Feltham -- Aston's home at the time, in Middlesex near the then-small Heathrow airport -- and powered by Aston's contemporary overhead-cam four.

Vintage British, with willowy chassis, skimpy wood-framed bodywork, cycle-type fenders, and a noble radiator, the 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre line was very sporting. These autos enjoyed a measure of racing success through several financial crises and management regimes.

Aston Martin offered four distinct series with various power ratings and model names; most famous among the last are International, Le Mans, and Ulster. The 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre series has no functional connection with the first postwar Astons built under another new owner.

Pluses of the 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre:

  • Great "vintage" character
  • A sports car above all
  • Super engine
  • Fine roadholding

Minuses of the 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre:

  • Seldom traded these days
  • Parts very difficult
  • Cramped cockpits
  • Minimal weather protection
  • Little U.S. expertise available

Production of the 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre:
599

Specifications of the 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre:
Wheelbase, inches: 102/120 (1 1/2); 99/116 (2.0)
Length, inches: 144-168
Weight, pounds: 2,000-3,100
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1930-1939 Aston Martin 11/2 Litre/2 Litre:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohc I-4 1,495 cc (91.2 cid) 56-85* 1930-1935
ohc I-4 1,950 cc (118.9 cid) 98/110* 1936-1939

*net

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