Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969
Lot 542
Formerly 'The Burt Special'
1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf'
£60,000 - 80,000
US$ 77,000 - 100,000

Lot Details
Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969 Formerly 'The Burt Special',1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special  Chassis no. BM1969
Formerly 'The Burt Special'
1926 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 'Cloverleaf' Sports Special
Coachwork by Lambourne's Coachworks, Farningham

Registration no. YD 2059
Chassis no. BM1969
*The final chassis built by Bamford & Martin Ltd
*Brooklands competition history
*Alvis 12/50hp engine
*Recent engine overhaul
*Eligible for VSCC, AMOC, and Brooklands events

Footnotes

  • Manufactured by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, the first Aston-Martins (the hyphen is correct for the period) rapidly established a reputation for high performance and sporting prowess in the immediate post-WWI years. The first Astons used four-cylinder sidevalve engines, and though the firm experimented with overhead-camshaft types, it was the trusty sidevalves that did most of the winning. Unfortunately, the management's concentration on motor sport, while accruing invaluable publicity, distracted it from the business of manufacturing cars for sale, the result being just 50-or-so cars sold by 1925 when the company underwent the first of what would be many changes of ownership.

    This was the last chassis built by Bamford & Martin Ltd at their Kensington works in 1926. It remained - unsold - as a rolling chassis with gearbox, as the company was facing liquidation. Eric Burt, a director of the British Anzani company, was wishing to build a racing special and purchased the chassis from B&M. He installed one of his company's supercharged 1,500cc Anzani engines, had a streamlined, albeit ugly, body constructed, and took the now 'Burt Special' to Boulogne for that year's speed trials, where it won its class. The 'Burt Special' was pictured at Boulogne in the 27th August 1926 edition of Light Car & Cyclecar, its inspiration attributed to land speed record-holder, J G Parry-Thomas.

    It is not known what further use Burt had of the Aston, but by 1927 it was being raced by a Mr R F Messervy, who was the London, Rolls-Royce Service Manager. The car was driven by Messervy in that year's JCC Grand Prix at Brooklands. A photograph of the 17 starters, including this car (No.5) was published in The Autocar (6th May 1927 edition) as part of its report on the race. Messervy's 'Burt Special' is reported as oiling a plug almost immediately.

    The 'Burt Special' then passed to Mr Leo Streatfield, and around 1930 suffered a broken crankshaft. The car was then acquired by Mr Guy Arengo-Jones, who with his partner named North, removed the engine and the streamlined body. They installed the 1924 Alvis 12/50 engine (still in the car), made a new, road-going, two-seater sports body and reregistered it as the 'Guy-North Special'. 'YD 2059' remained in this form until the 1950s when it passed through a number of VSCC members' hands. By the late 1960s, the Aston belonged to the motoring author, D.B. 'Bunny' Tubbs, who decided to restore and reregister it as an Aston Martin with the sort of body it might have had when new.

    In the vendor's owner recent ownership, the brakes and clutch have been relined, the carburettors rebuilt, and an electric fuel pump fitted. The Autovac, still in the car, worked perfectly on cool or warm days, but on those few occasions when it was really hot it suffered from vapour locks. More importantly, the car has had a complete engine overhaul with new valves, guides, and springs. The cylinder bores and pistons were fine, but new piston rings were fitted and Formhalls overhauled the bottom end with new white metalling of the bearings, etc. All this was completed less than 200 miles ago.

    While in the vendor's care, 'YD 2059' has been invited to the Brooklands Society Reunion, a couple of Aston Martin Owners' Club events, and Goodwood, where it formed one of the front-of-house displays. A relatively affordable entry into Brooklands-car ownership, the Aston is only offered for sale because of the owner's advancing years and lack of opportunity to enjoy it. Please note the car has recently suffered from rodent damage to the tonneau cover and upholstery. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices, a V5 Registration Certificate, and photocopies of the aforementioned magazine articles.
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