The International

Around the 1930’, Aston Martin came up with the International, so named because it was designed to comply with the regulations of the international motorsport governing body at the time.

The car was powered a simple, overhead camshaft 1.5 litre unit that offered the required reliability and had dry-sump lubrication so it could be mounted low in the body. To optimise the car’s handling, the chassis was under-slung to ensure a low centre of gravity.

The majority of Internationals were two-seater, open-top cars, although a long-chassis version was offered which had room for two more passengers. There was also a fixed-head coupe that was built to special order.

In 1931, Aston Martin offered a more race-inspired version of the car, which was the International Le Mans (not to be confused with the later car called the Le Mans). This was mechanically similar to the standard car but had sleeker bodywork.

The following year, the International was heavily revised in an attempt to make it less expensive to produce – this was retrospectively known as the ‘New International’. It had a new chassis design and cheaper transmission, and could be identified by its tapered radiator. Despite the changes, only about a dozen were produced.

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