Aston Martin – The Bertelli Era Cars In Detail

Aston Martin – The Bertelli Era Cars In Detail

By Matthew Vale

ISBN 978-1-914929-06-9

Hardback, 140 pages

270 x 210mm

Over 260 illustrations


This book charts the history of Aston Martin from 1926 through to 1940, and explores the cars that were produced by the company during those years when ‘Bert’ Bertelli ruled the roost and produced a series of world beating cars. The book covers the First, Second and Third series cars and the 2-Litre 15/98 range, and also takes a look at the Atom to see how the pre-war cars influenced Aston Martin in the David Brown era from 1948.


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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