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Aston Martin Third Series, 1934-1935

The Mark II, Derivatives (continued).

2. Mark II 4-Seater

Specification

As per the ‘2/4 Seater’, but;
Gear ratios: 14.026:1, 8.74:1, 5.98:1, 5.75:1.
Length: 14’ 5"
Weight: 20 cwt.
Wheel base: 10’
Height: 4’ 7".
Price: £640

Coachwork. The ‘4-seater’ has an almost identical body to the ‘Le Mans Special Four Seater’, but slightly higher at the front which was continued back, due to the slightly higher ‘Mark II’ radiator. The windscreen was as per ‘2/4 Seater’. Instruments were by Smiths with the dashboard specification and layout identical to the short chassis 2/4 seater. Fuel tank capacity was slightly reduced to 11 gallons to allow for a luggage platform in the boot and for the spare wheel to be mounted on the sloping boot lid. The advertised speed was approximately 85 mph.

3. Sports Saloon.

The ‘Sports Saloon’ had a full four seater, five window body (not including the windscreen) of very elegant proportions and only slightly higher than the open cars with the hood up. A neat ‘invisible’ sliding roof was fitted and both the windscreen and rear window opened, hinged from the top. The dashboard and interior cappings were all polished mahogany. The front wings were helmet type but the rear wings were attached directly to the rear bodywork. There were no running boards thus giving the car a more sporting appearance.

The Sports Saloon was fitted with larger inlet valves to try to improve breathing and therefore power to counter the extra weight of the closed bodywork.

Specification

As per the ‘Mark II 4-Seater’ but;
Weight: 22 cwt
Height: 4’ 7"
Length: 14’ 5"
Weight: 22 cwt
Price £700.

4. Mark II Drop Head Coupe

Seven Drop Head coupe bodies were built on the ten foot chassis, the first being built as a special order for Lance Prideaux-Brune. The Drop Head Coupe was wider than the saloon, with a fixed windscreen and wind up windows in the doors. The boot with exposed spare wheel and the interior seating arrangements were similar to the saloon. The remaining six cars were a special order from the Winter Garden Garages, owned by Prideaux-Brune. It was never catalogued as such as an available model.

Specification

As per ‘Mark II 4-Seater’ but;
Weight: 21 cwt.
Price £710.

5. Mark II 2-Seater

A small number of two seater cars were built. E. Bertelli Ltd supplied bodies for at least four, with one of them having a tail very similar to the ‘Ulster’ model, but fully lifting up from directly behind the cockpit, to expose a luggage platform and the two fuel tanks. The spare wheel was located in the tail as per the ‘Ulster’. Two further cars had bodywork styling very similar to the ‘4-Seater’ tourer, but with a shorter cockpit. Glaser Karossorie of Dresden bodied one chassis, supplying two bodies for the same car; one for racing and one for ‘sports touring’.

The ‘2-Seaters’ were never a catalogued model. They would have been lighter than the Mark II 2/4 seater and so would have had performance somewhere between the short chassis ‘Mark II’ and the ‘Ulster’.

These six ‘2-Seater’ short chassis cars should not be confused with the three early production ‘Ulsters’ which did not have the ‘U’ suffix on the chassis number, and prior to the model being named the ‘Ulster’ were also known as ‘two seaters’.

Specification

As per Mark II 2/4 Seater.

One ‘Mark II’, originally supplied by the works as a special order to the customer with a ‘Le Mans’ body (he had previously owned an ‘Le Mans’ and preferred it to the Mark II style), was returned to the works to have a second hand ‘Ulster’ two seat body fitted and mechanically up-rated to full ‘Ulster’ specification.

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