Race Car for Sale – 1935 Aston Martin 1.5 Ulster – Ex-Works Team
This 1935 Aston Martin 1.5 Ulster is being offered for Auction at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed event that is running on June 26, 2015.
From the lot listing for this 30s Aston Martin Le Mans Race Car for sale:
Ex-Works Racing Aston Martin Ulster Team Car, LM19, is an early consignment for Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale, and is estimated at £1,600,000-2,200,000. The LM series of pre-war Aston Martin Team Cars, produced to challenge at the prestigious annual Le Mans 24-Hour race, were individually numbered from LM1 to LM23.
The first team cars (LM1 and LM2) faced the challenge of Le Mans in 1928, and over the next seven years the LM series developed impressively. By 1935, with several Le Mans tries under their belts, this series of now much-coveted Aston Martin Works Team sports cars produced four very special LMs, commonly regarded as being some of the very best of all pre-war sports cars. These were described by A.C. ‘Bert’ Bertelli, chief designer and co-owner of Aston Martin, as ‘the best cars I ever built’.
Of these four cars, three – LM18, 19, and 20 – were built to compete in the prestigious and intensely grueling Le Mans 24-hour ‘Grand Prix d’Endurance’ in France. Aston Martin LM19 had an eventful race. With Thomas Fothringham at the wheel, it was running very strongly and disputing the class lead, but after an intense nine hours it sadly crashed, leaving its sister Works entry, LM20, to soldier on, finish third overall, and win for Aston Martin the coveted Biennial Cup.
LM19 was re-built by the Works and taken to Ards public-road circuit in Northern Ireland for that year’s Tourist Trophy Race. With the extrovert gentleman driver, Charlie Martin, behind the wheel, LM19 proved fastest amongst the pack of Works Team cars, only for a faulty batch of pipework to cause loss of oil pressure, eventually sending Martin and the rest of the Works Team cars into the pits. This caused such significant delay that LM19 fell two laps short of the required minimum distance to qualify as a finisher.
In 1936, the LM19 was then sent to Italy to compete in the legendary Mille Miglia, the thousand-mile road race. Driven by Tom Clarke and Maurice Falkner, the car yet again performed well, demonstrating its design’s characteristic pace and driveability by leading its class by an hour-and-a-half at the Rome control. However, after crossing the Apennines during the race’s return leg, a valve burned out, causing the car to retire at Fano, another disappointing end to a terrific performance.
From Aston Martin
Ulster Production Cars
(Third Series 1½ litre 2 and 2/4 seater) (1934 – 1935)
After the success of the Team Cars in the 1934 Ulster TT, Aston Martin made replicas available for the public to buy. With a lightweight two seater body and with the engine tuned to produce 85 bhp, they were guaranteed to reach 100 mph. The low, sleek, narrow body was fitted with a boat shaped tail to house the spare tyre. All this for just £750 – which was actually a large amount of money in 1934, especially for a car with only a 1.5 litre engine. 21 Ulsters were built in total and it is believed that every single car is still in existence.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – £1.6 million – 2.2 million, US$ 2.5 million – 3.4 million
Check out the auction Lot information at bonhams.com
Sold for £2,913,500 inc. premium