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Lot 418: Lanchester Ten Saloon Project

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Post-WWI Lanchesters were in the main large, well-appointed, high-speed conveyances aimed at the luxury car market. The company's 1930 merger with Daimler (itself part of the BSA conglomerate) brought with it a change of policy, subsequent Lanchesters being smaller and cheaper cars. Introduced in 1932 and the smallest ever Lanchester, the Ten was unique in its class at the time, having both a Daimler fluid flywheel and Wilson pre-selector gearbox, a combination it shared with other Daimler and Lanchester models of the period. The engine was a 1.2-litre (later 1.4-litre) four-cylinder overhead-valve unit producing 34bhp at 4,000rpm. The car had an adequate performance with a top speed of just over 60mph (96km/h). With their coachbuilt bodies and advanced specification, the various versions of the Ten were considerably more expensive than many of their rivals: the £325 fixed-head coupé costing £110 more than the equivalent Morris Ten-Four, for example. The Ten remained in the Lanchester catalogue until 1939 with over 12,000 sold. We are advised that this particular Lanchester Ten's previous owner had commenced the car's restoration but was forced to give up by ill health. It is described as a very sound example benefiting from a new fuel tank and overhauled engine, the later running sweetly. The door cards have been re-covered and the leather to refurbish the seats is included. Offered requiring completion and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with Swansea V5 document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number418
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£966
Condition rating5
Registration numberBOE 407
Chassis number24265
Engine number70499
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors