Spain: Superdeportivo de Cantabria Supercar Rally 2017
The 1931 Olympia Motor Show Aston Martin stand featured B1/107 wearing a Bertelli drophead body, (pictured pp129/30 of Inman Hunters Book). That body went in 1948 when J.E.Robinson built an Ulsteroid replacement for competition use.
Later, K.Rodgers replaced the Aston engine with a Triumph 1800 unit; much later he contacted me, saying the Aston was his wife's who had trouble starting it, hence the engine change. The engine was with the car when sold to "I think his name was Smith in Middlesex somewhere", so it appears likely W.Elwell-Smith broke the Aston motor for spares, it was not with the car when bought in 1959 from a Wembley showroom.
At the time we had Rileys, and my thought was for a Riley big4 engine, as Elwell-Smith "I can sell you a car, but not an engine" couldn't help. We ran the car for some years as it was, but it was laid-up when children appeared.
Nothing happened Aston-wise until I retired, by which time the car needed a serious rebuild, including a suitable engine, which I had unsuccessfully sought for years. We had a prototype 1930s 3litre 6cyl dohc engine, designed by ex-Invicta chief engineer William Watson, who later designed the Lagonda 2.4 DB2 engine. I was not, then, an AMOC member and I built a VSCC eligible special. This involved inserting 4" into the chassis, a Wilson pre-selector gearbox handling the increased torque, higher back axle ratio, hydraulic brakes, and a sporting body with good luggage capacity. All materials and methods were as in the mid-1930's, electrical equipment excepted.
Since 2010 we have driven >35,000 miles, including a continental trip each year. It will cruise at 80mph all day on French motorways, but lazy torque is the real benefit.
Time spent polishing it is time spent not driving it!