1940 Aston Martin Speed Model Type C

The late 30s were a rough time for Aston Martin. Though it was recognised as a major sporting car company, they had a rough time thanks to the global situation. Strike action by French workers scuppered their entry in the 1936 Le Mans race, and two team cars had to be sold to defray costs associated with developing the type C. It was lean, aerodynamic, with 125 horsepower in a 1,949 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine with twin SU carburettors, a four-speed manual transmission, and four-wheel Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes. Only eight were ever built, and this one ($750,000-$900,00) is believed to be the last Aston Martin delivered during World War Two.

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