The 'Heartbeat', Scripps' Garage,1949 Vauxhall L-Type Wyvern Taxi  Chassis no. LIX 20458 Engine no. LX 21595
Lot 776
The 'Heartbeat', Scripps' Garage,1949 Vauxhall L-Type Wyvern Taxi
Registration no. JSJ 369 Chassis no. LIX 20458 Engine no. LX 21595
Sold for £4,025 (US$ 5,075) inc. premium

Lot Details
The 'Heartbeat', Scripps' Garage,1949 Vauxhall L-Type Wyvern Taxi  Chassis no. LIX 20458 Engine no. LX 21595
The 'Heartbeat', Scripps' Garage
1949 Vauxhall L-Type Wyvern Taxi
Registration no. JSJ 369
Chassis no. LIX 20458
Engine no. LX 21595

Footnotes

  • Vauxhall's first post-war offering, the L-Type commenced production in the autumn of 1948, replacing the essentially pre-war models with which the firm had resumed peacetime production. The L-Type was produced in two forms: 1.4-litre, four-cylinder Wyvern and 2.3-litre six-cylinder Velox, both of which came with three-speed manual gearboxes and Lockheed hydraulic brakes. Its styling bridged the wartime divide, the centre section recognisably belonging to the late 1930s while both the front and rear end treatments were new. Having only 35bhp on tap the Wyvern was never going to be an exciting performer (its top speed was 60mph) but with a fuel consumption of 30mpg it was much more economical than the heavier Velox. Production of L-Type Vauxhalls ceased in 1951, by which time 55,409 Wyverns and 76,919 Veloxes had been made.
    This L-Type Wyvern taxi will be familiar to all devotees of Yorkshire Television's popular 1960s-period drama series, 'Heartbeat', set in the fictional village of Aidensfield (actually Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park). In the series the Vauxhall - registered 'GCO 110' - is owned by Scripps' Garage proprietor Bernie Scripps, taxi operator and funeral director. The car is offered fresh from recent restoration in the workshops of Classic Action Vehicles, of Boston Spa, West Yorkshire where work carried out included fitting new sills, renovating both front wing bottoms and repainting as required. In addition, the water pump was replaced, the brakes relined and wheel cylinders checked, while four years ago all four doors had new bottoms welded in and were repainted. At time of cataloguing both bumpers were away being re-chromed. We are advised that the engine runs well and is quiet, that the gearbox and rear axle work correctly, and that all four tyres are good (spare serviceable). The original interior shows some signs of wear but then it is 61 years old! Laid up for 25 years by the last, long-term owner, the car displays a believed-genuine total of 55,558 miles on the odometer and is offered with old-style logbook, fresh MoT/tax and Swansea V5. The television display plates 'GCO 110' come with the car.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, cheque with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveller's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Ben Walker
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    Unit 1, Sovereign Park
    London, United Kingdom NW10 7QP
    Work +44 20 8963 2819
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2801
  2. James Stensel
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    Unit 1, Sovereign Park
    London, United Kingdom NW10 7QP
    Work +44 20 8963 2818
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2801
  3. John Polson
    Specialist - Automobilia
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 5803
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 5802
Similar Items