1949 As­ton Martin team car

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

For­merly a works team car that fin­ished sev­enth at the 1949 Le Mans 24 Hours (and, just two weeks later, fifth at the Spa 24 Hours), this car has more in its favour, be­ing the first David Brown-era com­pe­ti­tion As­ton Martin and the only sur­vivor with the Claude Hill four-cylin­der en­gine. By the early 1950s it was run­ning in club events, hav­ibg been ac­quired by lead­ing AMOC per­son­al­ity Christo­pher An­gell but after a 1971 Le Mans demon­stra­tion pa­rade was laid up in a Hert­ford­shire gar­den, from where it was stolen in 2002. Need­ing restora­tion but with al­most all its orig­i­nal fea­tures (the 48-gal­lon fuel tank now lost) it thor­oughly de­serves a sec­ond chance.

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