A rare example of Aston Martin’s first ever luxury four seat touring car is to be offered at Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, taking place on Saturday 23rd May 2015.
The car, a 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 2L Long Chassis Tourer, was built on the 31st of May 1937 and eventually registered on the 25th of March 1939. This captivating car was first sold for the minimal price of just £575! Now almost 80 years old, the car is estimated to sell for between £160,000 and £190,000 when it goes under the hammer at Silverstone circuit.
One of just 24 Abbey bodied long chassis tourers, KMG 202 spent more than 40 years off the road, kept in dry storage by the same family from 1970 until 2011 when it was purchased as a ‘barnfind’ by the current owner. Subsequently, a no expense spared ground up restoration was undertaken by the highly respected pre-war Aston specialist Andy Bell from Ecurie Bertelli Ltd. Following its renovation, KMG 202 went on to achieve first place in the AMOC Concours D’ Etat for pre-war cars at Broughton Castle in October 2013.
As well as looking amazing, the car drives extremely well with all pressures and temperatures as they should be and has covered just 1500 miles since restoration.
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions looks forward to the sale: “We are delighted to be offering more best of breed classics such as this rare Aston Martin. I have no doubt that the catalogue for our May Sale is one of our best ever, with a fantastic range of cars from this pre-war grand tourer right up to modern day supercars on offer.”
Viewing of lots at the sale will open on Friday 22nd May from 9am to 5pm, with further time allocated to viewing on the day of the sale from 9am. The auction will commence at 10.30am, first offering automobilia and luxury lifestyle items, with motorcars hammered away from 1pm onwards.
For those unable to attend the sale in person, buyers can register to bid on cars online through two platforms including Proxibid and Live Auctioneers. Bidding can also be made via phone or by leaving a commission bid with Silverstone Auctions prior to the sale.
To find out more about the car and Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, visit: https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1937-aston-martin-1598-20ltr-long-chassis-tourer.