In 1939 Aston Martin constructed a working concept called the Atom designed by Claude Hill which is seen here at last years Classic Motor Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
The car was built around a spaceframe superstructure of square section tubes with an aluminium paneled body.
The Atom was originally powered by a 15/98 2 litre motor, but in 1944 this was replaced by a new 2 litre pushrod motor designed by Hill.
Apparently the futuristic Atom was tested extensively during the course of the war, the chassis formed the basis of most subsequent Aston Martins up to the DB Mark III in 1957.
When Sir Arthur Sutherland offered his “High Class Motor Business” for sale in 1947 the companies future owner, David Brown tested the Atom and afterwards decided to purchase Aston Martin which would remain in his hands until 1972.
Thanks for joining me on this “Claudes Concept” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !