2-litre Speed/type C 1936-1940

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SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 1949cc, in-line 4 Power 110bhp Torque n/a 0-60mph n/a Top speed 95mph

To broaden the ap­peal of its range, in 1936 As­ton in­tro­duced a 2-litre en­gine, based on the 1.5 but with in­creased bore and stroke and domed pis­tons. The Speed model was cre­ated for the 1936 Le Mans, though in the event the race was can­celled. Some 25 were even­tu­ally sold. In 1938 it was de­cided that eight left­over Speed chas­sis should be used to cre­ate a more ‘modern-look­ing’ As­ton. The re­sult­ing Type C, with rather bul­bous body­work, didn’t go down well with en­thu­si­asts and the last one sold at Christ­mas 1940.

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