Only a dozen or so of the New
International were built until the Le Mans model was introduced in October
1932 to celebrate the success on the marque in the great race. It was
available with both 2 and 2/4 seater coachwork and was a true production
car unlike the rare Le Mans racecar replicas of 1931. The Le Mans had a
much lower radiator line than the International together with a more
powerful 70 bhp engine.
The Le Mans was incredibly successful with in excess of 100
examples built. It was good looking with it's low bonnet line (bodies by
E. Bertelli Ltd. of course), plus the roof now folded inside the body. As
it had become something of an Aston 'trade mark', the cars were all fitted
with cycle wings which turn with the front wheels.
Aston Martin le Mans (1933)
In order to market a sporty 4 seater, Aston Martin
introduced a Le Mans with a full 4 seater open body at the 1933 Motor
Show. Known as the Le Mans 4 seater Special, the car was built on an
extended Le Mans chassis but with low sporting build, external exhaust and
cycle wings. Fifteen examples were constructed.