Almost certainly the oldest Aston-Martin project and only pre-war example, in completely un-restored, and overwhelmingly original condition yet still sound enough to conserve.
Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate with Ecurie Bertelli in one of the most exciting Aston-Martin projects. In 1969 the owner removed the engine in order for it to be rebuilt however business and family commitments meant that this was never completed. Quite astonishingly, the car lay undisturbed but carefully stored for the next 51 years! For context, 1969 saw the last public performance by the Beatles, the first test flights of Concorde and the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. This truly remarkable slumber is the reason this car has remained so incredibly original, that it was owned by a sympathetic engineer is the reason for the remarkably good and complete condition.
B4/402/S was only the third MKII built, constructed alongside the first two Team Cars later known as the Ulster. The MKII was the pinnacle of the 1 ˝ litre Aston-Martin design and arguably the best pre-war car Aston-Martin made. First owned by the famous actor Sir Ralph Richardson, who with Sir John Gielgud and Sir Laurence Olivier formed a trio of the most successful British actors of the period. There were 4 further documented owners before the car was bought by Mr Bubb who used the car regularly, even racing at Silverstone in 1965 coming a very creditable 3rd . It was Mr Bubb who eventually laid this remarkable car up.
Collected by Ecurie Bertelli last summer, complete with all components including the original jack, 1950s buff logbook and current V5C and understandably slim but impressive history file, the car is available to view at our showroom and is the basis for a fantastic and unique project.
Introduced in 1934, the Mark II was Aston-Martin’s replacement for the Le Mans model. It sported a new stronger chassis and an improved engine with counter-balanced crankshaft. Originally available in either short or long wheelbase versions, the shorter version is virtually mechanically identical to the famous Ulster racing car, one of which came 3rd overall at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1935. A number of MK II cars, including this one, competed in period and the competition lineage can be clearly seen in the MK II making it an extremely capable and fast car, suitable for rally, touring and even racing events.
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