Lot 352: Vauxhall 25hp D-Type Tourer
The years from 1908 to 1925 mark Vauxhall's golden age.' - Michael Sedgwick, Vauxhall, Dalton Watson, London, 1981. Famous at the turn of the 19th Century for its marine engines, Vauxhall Ironworks Ltd built its first automobile, a single-cylinder, tiller-steered runabout, in 1903. A range of three-cylinder cars with wheel steering followed, the first of which was seen in 1904. Prior to 1925, when Vauxhall was taken over by General Motors, the company was renowned for producing handsome, finely engineered cars that put it on a par with Bentley or Sunbeam. Laurence Pomeroy's tenure as Chief Engineer saw the firm, which had relocated to Luton, produce some of the truly outstanding designs of the Edwardian period, commencing with the 20hp Prince Henry in 1910. A larger (4.0-litre) version of the Prince Henry's four-cylinder sidevalve engine was developed for its successor, the D-Type which, with some 70bhp on tap, was good for 70mph-plus when not overburdened by formal coachwork. The model is perhaps best remembered for its role as a WWI staff car, some 1,500-or-so seeing service with the British Army. Manufacture continued after the cessation of hostilities and then in 1922 the D-Type was updated with a new overhead-valve detachable cylinder head (also fitted to its legendary sporting stablemate, the 30/98) becoming the '23/60' or 'OD', in which form it was built until 1926. This particular Vauxhall D-Type was purchased by the late owner in 1968. On file are various invoices relating to works carried our by Arthur Archer in 2008 after a period of inactivity. These included cleaning out the fuel tank, fuel pipes and Autovac; fitting new engine gaskets; work to the steering and oil pipes; fitting new tyres and tubes; work on the water pump and engine block; cleaning out the cylinders; overhauling the clutch and steering box; repairing the flywheel; rewiring the electrics; various gearbox and engine works; bake work and run/test prior to MoT. Bills for the foregoing total some £33,000. Last MoT'd to November 2011, this exciting Edwardian-style fast tourer is offered with a quantity of expired MoT certificates and old-style Swansea V5.
The Beaulieu Sale|
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£50600|
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