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Aston Martin Atom, Chassis G40900, at the 2002 Louis Vuitton Classic WM

Aston Martin Atom, Chassis G40900, at the 2002 Louis Vuitton Classic by Wouter Melissen - Ultimatecarpage.com

The Aston Martin Atom is a prototype car, constructed in 1939. Designed by Claude Hill, the body was aluminium over a tubular steel frame, and a marked change in design from previous cars. It was originally powered by a model 15/98 engine, but subsequently upgraded after the war with a 2-litre engine in 1944.

The Aston Martincompany  was offered for sale a short time after and apparently, after driving the Atom in 1947, David Brown was convinced and acquired the Aston Martin company.

He did not follow up with a production version of the Atom but the chassis and engine were used in the first post-War model, which immediately won the 1948 Spa 24 Hours outright.

The car currently resides at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.

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