SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue

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In 1925, Bill Renwick, Augustus (Bert) Bertelli and investors including Lady Charnwood took control of Aston Martin. They renamed it Aston Martin Motors and moved it to the former Whitehead Aircraft Limited Hanworth works in Feltham. Renwick and Bertelli had been in partnership some years and had developed an overhead-cam four-cylinder engine using Renwick's patented combustion chamber design, which they had tested in an Enfield-Allday chassis. The only "Renwick and Bertelli" motor car made, it was known as "Buzzbox" and still survives. The pair had planned to sell their engine to motor manufacturers, but having heard that Aston Martin was no longer in production realised they could capitalise on its reputation to jump-start the production of a completely new car.

Between 1926 and 1937 Bertelli was both technical director and designer of all new Aston Martins, since known as "Bertelli cars". They included the 1-litre "T-type", "International", "Le Mans", "MKII" and its racing derivative, the "Ulster", and the 2-litre 15/98 and its racing derivative, the "Speed Model". Most were open two-seater sports cars bodied by Bert Bertelli's brother Enrico (Harry), with a small number of long-chassis four-seater tourers, dropheads and saloons also produced.

Bertelli was a competent driver keen to race his cars, one of few owner/manufacturer/drivers. The "LM" team cars were very successful in national and international motor racing including at Le Mans.

This SMTS kit was completed and finished by Tony Smith of Bournemouth, we acquired it in July 2018

 
SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue
SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue
SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue SMTS; 1935 Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre; Open Top, Light Blue
     

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