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Lot 117: Coronet Convertible


The world's finest three wheel car first appeared on the forecourts back in 1957. Created by the prolific microcar designer, David Gottleib, the Coronet was to add a touch of style to the microcar genre. Originally manufactured in Denham, Buckinghamshire, by Coronet Cars, production was subsequently moved to the larger James Whitson factory in West Drayton, just outside London. The nationalization of the Suez Canal by President Nasser in 1956 bought terrible fuel shortages to most of Western Europe, resulting in panic buying and rationing. This was the era of the Coronet. There have been many excellent British three-wheelers; some have been noted for performance, others for economy and simplicity of upkeep, but few for beauty of line. The plastic-bodied Coronet has a measure of all these qualities, and is certainly one of the most handsome three-wheelers ever built. The 328cc Excelsior parallel-twin two-stroke engine is mounted behind the seat, and drives the rear wheel through a three-speed and reverse gearbox, final drive being by roller-chain and sprocket. Cooling is by ducted fan, a stream of air being drawn in from the nearside and distributed over the light-alloy cylinder-heads. 50 years on, the Coronet is one on the rarest and most sought after microcars and has become the envy of serious microcar collectors throughout the world. With only 7 recorded examples surviving out of a total production run of 250-500, this example has seen little use since being restored as part of a small private microcar collection. Turning heads wherever it goes, we are informed that the paint work and interior are in very good order; this rare and charming little car will be much admired at shows and rallies. Originally registered on the 19th October 1958, it is supplied with a V5 document, the desirable green log book as well as period road test reports and specification sheet. This rare and delightfully eccentric British car is therefore something of a landmark  an endangered species  and represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire such an interesting motor car.

Lot Details
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number117
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberVXC 996
Chassis number1224
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