Market Finds: This 1936 Aston Martin Mark II Has Been In Storage For Half A Century And Is Now Looking For A New Owner

This 1936 Aston Martin Mark II Has Been In Storage For Half A Century And Is Now Looking For A New Owner

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May 9, 2019
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H&H Classics are holding their next Duxford Imperial War Museum sale on June 19th, and one of the highlights will be this extremely rare pre-war Aston Martin Mark II 1.5 Litre Sports Sedan. Built in 1936, the Mark II is one of only 24 examples ever made and was a potent performer in its day. This example has sat untouched in a barn for the past 50-years and, unlike most of these models, is in a largely unmodified state.

Nick Lumby of H&H Classics says: “This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and charismatic pre-War Aston for restoration, one of just 24 of these historic cars built. When new the car was capable of an 80mph top speed from its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Its predecessors in the years between the wars had established the marque’s reputation on the racetrack.” The car was originally sold new in early 1936 and was eventually purchased by Philip Kenyon in 1953, a brilliant engineer who spent time with the Radio Secret Service and worked for radio companies on the development of the first radar system during WW2.

It has stayed with the Kenyon family since then and was eventually laid up in the 1970s after a handbrake cable broke. Decades of non-use mean that this rare Mark II will require some comprehensive restoration work before it can begin its new adventure with its new owner. It is estimated to sell for between £45,000 ($58,500) and £55,000 ($71,000).

Images courtesy of H&H Classics

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I’m surprised at the auction estimate.

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but this is a pretty rakish coupe. Perhaps the estimate reflects the restoration costs?