1922 Vauxhall 23/60hp OD Kington Tourer
Chassis no. OD953
Engine no. OD953
Prior to 1925, when Vauxhall was taken over by General Motors, the firm was renowned for producing handsome, finely engineered cars that put it on a par with Bentley or Sunbeam. Introduced in 1922, the 23/60hp was a development of the 4.0-litre, four-cylinder, sidevalve-engined D-Type Vauxhall of 1913, which had been designed by the firm's famous Chief Engineer, Laurence Pomeroy. Production of the original D-Type was maintained during WWI when the model was used as an army staff car. Manufacture continued after the cessation of hostilities, though Pomeroy departed and his place was taken by Charles Evelyn King, who designed a new overhead-valve detachable cylinder head for both the D-Type and its legendary sporting stablemate, the 30-98. Updated with King's ohv 'head in mid-1922, the model was known thereafter as the '23/60' or 'OD' and was built until 1926, by which time the Luton firm had become part of the General Motors conglomerate. The OD 23/60hp Vauxhall was a popular overseas model and many were dispatched to Empire markets. Approximately 1,400 were made.
This 1922 23/60 is in the final stages of a thorough restoration process, with most of the hard work already completed. A new open tourer body and bonnet have been made and the interior completely re-trimmed in British Racing Green leather upholstery, complete with door trims, new hood, tonneau and side curtains and hood storage boot. An authentic radiator core has been fitted, with the German silver surround beautifully restored and polished. Other work completed includes the rebuilt clutch, the fuel tank with new lines and the car re-wired. The lighting equipment, including headlamps, sidelights and tail lights, are all period correct items with Q.I. lamps fitted at the front. An owner's manual and various details drawings are included with the car, along with receipts indicating in the vicinity of $30,000 worth of work completed to date by the current owner.