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Aston Martin 'Side valve' Tourer

One of the earliest surviving Aston Martins, with a chequered history

Unlike the company’s specialist racers with sophisticated overhead-camshaft engines, the early touring Aston Martins had simple side-valve engines. First delivered to the Midlands in 1924, this car was used as a tractor by the Home Guard during the Second World War before ending up in a scrap yard.

It was rescued in 1945 by a Cambridge medical student who built it a new body and used it for 16 years. It finished up back on a scrap heap in 1961 before the fourth and present owner, James Cheyne, rescued and restored the car to its original condition.

Collection Data

Date Built
1924

Location
Campbell Shed

Category
Cars

Technical 
Specifications

  • ENGINE: 4-cylinder 1500cc
  • TOP SPEED: 72mph
  • MANUFACTURER: Aston Martin
  • MODEL: Side-valve Long- Chassis Tourer
  • ORIGIN: London