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Year: 1934

Manufacturer: Aston Martin

Model: Ulster LM14

Country: UK

Andrew Ames

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1934 Aston Martin Ulster LM14

For the 1934 season, Aston Martin presented the Ulster, a Works racing car with a MkII chassis and lightweight two-seater body. Equipped with a 1496cc dry-sump four-cylinder engine, the new model was capable of reaching 100mph.

This historically very significant Ulster is one of 21 Ulsters built, of which 11 were works team cars designated ‘LM’. This Ulster was built in 1934 as a works entry for Aston Martin in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour Race where it was to be piloted by Bert Bertelli and Penn Hughes. There were three works team cars for the 1934 race, LM11, LM12 and LM 14 (there was never LM13 as Bertelli was superstitious and felt the number 13 was unlucky). LM14 was the lightest of the three cars due to its magnesium construction and drilled chassis (all of which it retains today). 

LM14 was due to be the ‘hare’, the car that stayed at the back and, as the faster cars broke down or crashed. would slowly climb through the positions. Sadly in the 22nd hour of the race LM14 retired with a seized gearbox; it was the last works entered car to retire from the race. LM11 and 12 were rebuilt as LM15 and 16 and subsequently raced in the TT in 1935. This means that LM14 is the only car to survive from the 1934 team and is the earliest official surviving works team car. 

After Le Mans, LM14 went onto race at Brooklands in the 500 mile JCC Cup with Wing Commander Grieves at the wheel. It finished first in class and third overall, and it was at this point that the current owner’s grandmother Prudence Fawcett (who was already a veteran of the 1938 Le Mans, having competed in a Morgan) came on the scene and continued its racing heritage at Brooklands. It has been linked to the current family for over 60 years and currently is maintained by Prudence’s grandson (the third generation to cherish this historic machine).    

In short, LM14 remains one of the most original Works Ulsters left in existence and is unique in being the only car to retain its drilled chassis and magnesium components as well as being the earliest factory-entered Le Mans car. It has never been completely restored, only maintained and cherished to this day. Ashton Keynes Vintage Restorations Ltd has the privilege of currently looking after this historically important car for the current client.


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