Aston Martin has produced some of the finest sports cars made. One of the company’s most exciting periods was under the leadership of Augustus Bertelli. The company’s innovative cars, built between 1926 and 1940, were outstanding in terms of reliability and performance, and were proved in that toughest of motor sport classes, endurance racing – in particular the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
This book looks at the cars produced by Aston Martin under the watchful eye of Bertelli, and covers the cars made by the company up to the start of the Second World War. It includes the 1.5-litre First, Second and Third Series cars and the 2-Litre range from 1936. These Aston Martins of the 1920s and 1930s – International, Le Mans, Mark II, Ulster and Speed models – are all covered in this book.
Beyond Bertelli’s era, the book sheds light on the contributions made by engineer Claude Hill and owner Gordon Sutherland. It explores their innovative concept cars, ‘Donald Duck’ and Atom, which played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s post-war success under David Brown. Accompanied by a rich collection of contemporary and present-day photographs, this book stands as the definitive reference work solely dedicated to these beloved cars, revered by a passionate community of owners fostered by the Aston Martin Owners Club. Furthermore, these historic cars continue to enjoy great popularity, making this book a must-have for enthusiasts and admirers alike.
Chapter 1 The Bertelli-Era Aston Martin 7
Chapter 2 Early Bertelli-Period cars – the 1.5-litre First Series T Type, 1927-1931 31
Chapter 3 Mid-1930s Bertelli – 1.5-litre Second Series, 1932-1934 60
Chapter 4 Mid-1930s Bertelli – 1.5-litre Third Series or Mark II, 1934-1935 76
Chapter 5 The 2-litre Cars – 1936-1940 95
Chapter 6 The Way Ahead – Donald Duck and The Atom 116
Chapter 7 Legacy of the Bertelli-Era Aston Martin today 129
Matthew Vale is a writer with a long history of writing about the best cars and motorcycles that the British Motor Industry has produced. After a long and rewarding career in the IT industry, he is now retired and continuing to write about the cars and motorcycles that interest him. This is his second book on Aston Martins and other marques he has covered include Alvis, Aston Martin, BSA, Lotus, Reliant, Triumph, BMC and TVR. His remaining leisure time is spent restoring classic Lotuses and enjoying membership of the Aston Martin Owners Club.