1928 Vauxhall Grosvenor Saloon
Lot 468
1928 Vauxhall 20/60hp R-Type Grosvenor Saloon Chassis no. R2790 Engine no. R2826
£17,000 - 20,000
US$ 27,000 - 31,000

Lot Details
1928 Vauxhall Grosvenor Saloon
4684
1928 Vauxhall 20/60hp R-Type Grosvenor Saloon
Registration no. XV 479
Chassis no. R2790
Engine no. R2826

Footnotes

  • 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. 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. In 1913 Pomeroy designed the legendary 30/98, considered by many knowledgeable enthusiasts to be the finest British sporting car of the early Vintage period.
    Prior to December 1925, when Vauxhall was taken over by General Motors, the firm was renowned for producing handsome, finely engineered sports and touring cars that put it on a par with Bentley or Sunbeam. Despite a move towards the mass market, Vauxhall continued to produce cars of high quality, the 20/60hp R-Type representing a milestone in the company's history as the first new model introduced under General Motors' auspices. A central gearchange and coil ignition were obvious American influences, but otherwise the car was British in conception.
    Introduced in 1927, the 20/60hp was powered by a 2,762cc six-cylinder overhead valve engine driving via an in-unit four-speed gearbox, while the chassis boasted coupled brakes that worked better than anything offered by Vauxhall prior to the General Motors acquisition. The 20/60hp Vauxhall was a popular overseas model and many were dispatched to Empire markets. Some 4,228 R-Types were made between 1927 and 1929, with a further 1,172 of the 2.8-litre T-Type derivative completed in 1930.
    This rare Vintage-era Vauxhall had been restored before the lady vendor placed it in the Brooklands Museum where it has been on long-term display. It is understood that 'XV 479' was running well at that time; nevertheless, careful re-commissioning and the customary safety checks are advised before returning it to the road. A good example of a rare model, the car is offered with old-style logbook.
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