1938 Aston Martin 15-98 Short Wheel Base
Following on from the highly successful 1½ litre cars, Aston-Martin changed to producing 2 litre cars in 1936. The 15/98 model was designed as a collaboration between Aston-Martins long serving designer Claude Hill and R G Sutherland.
The 15/98 is a four cylinder, single overhead camshaft design as per the 1 ½ litre cars but with the flow of the head reversed and with a wet sump. A Moss gearbox was bought in for this car along with very effective Girling rod brakes. The overall design of the chassis and particularly the front suspension gives this car exceptionally good handling and very smooth ride qualities.
The 15/98 is an extremely comfortable and swift car over long distances and this particular car has had a complete restoration to an extremely high standard and has been looked after previously by Ecurie Bertelli for many years. Ecurie Bertelli carried out numerous upgrades to the car prior to it being purchased by the current owner and these included very efficient Hydraulic brakes, an alternator, a "Speed Model" clutch system, an uprated gearbox and an electric cooling fan. Since buying this beautiful example the current owner has spent in excess of £32,000 bringing it up to the quality he considers it deserved, all of which are listed below. Such works were all carried out by Ecurie Bertelli and after delivery by an independant automotive engineer with years of experience of this type of car.
Improvements carried out between 2021 to 2023
EB, New Mohair hood.
EB, Removal of Front wheels, front axle & Tie rod, Replace kingpins and bushes.
EB. Gearbox replaced with Moss box with Helical gears to aid driveability.
Old box with straight cut gears, perfectly serviceable to be supplied with the car.
EB. Built new bespoke toolbox under bonnet.
EB. Indicator switch relocated for improved ease of use.
EB. All wheels repainted to match the car. Improve wiring to windscreen wipers.
EB. Some Brake linkage rods replaced where necessary.
EB. Front springs replaced, Caster angle adjusted, Brakes bled, Road tested by EB.
J. Taylor (Derby) Remove and Re-core and refit water radiator.
JT. Replace front springs to improve camber problem.
JT. Relocate front hub hydraulic hose entry point to safer location.
JT. Replace rear springs to improved location.
JT. Strip all and replace brake shoe linings as found to be of unequal thickness.
JT. Replace all brake shoe cylinders.
JT. Re-tune carburettors.
JT. Replace fuel filler hose.
JT. Refurbish hand brake system.
JT. Re-new most of the copper piping to replace the number of joints.
JT. Adjust and tighten steering box for a more positive feel.
JT. Re-locate fuel feed to carbs for reduced risk of evaporation.
JT. Modify Camber angle.
JT. Replace hydraulic fluid resovoir.
JT. Replace broken alternator bracket.
JT. Fit New windscreen rubber to prevent ingress of water whilst driving.
Owner. Four new tyres fitted.
The car has driven only a relatively small mileage since restoration and is in immaculate condition throughout.
This is a perfect car for touring, rallying or concours and a test drive is highly recommended.
Not expensive at £235,000