15/98 1937-1939

VANTAGE - - The Specialist 22gt Racing -

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 1949cc, in-line 4 Power 98bhp Torque n/a 0-60mph n/a Top speed 85mph

Us­ing the new 2-litre en­gine in wet-sump form, the 15/98 range (15 from the RAC rat­ing, 98 the peak bhp) in­cluded sa­loons and tour­ers, but they were heavy and hence slow (slow-sell­ing, too: a planned run of 100 cars was slashed to 50). Bet­ter was an at­trac­tive short-chas­sis road­ster (pic­tured). There was also a unique ‘mono­posto’ stream­lined sin­gle-seater de­signed to go for the 2-litre outer cir­cuit record at Brook­lands. The out­break of war meant it was put into ex­tended stor­age be­fore its po­ten­tial was re­alised.

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