1927 Bean 18/50hp Tourer  Chassis no. 52175 Engine no. 6762
Lot 257
1927 Bean 18/50hp Tourer Chassis no. 52175 Engine no. 6762
Sold for £18,400 (US$ 29,492) inc. premium

Lot Details
1927 Bean 18/50hp Tourer  Chassis no. 52175 Engine no. 6762 1927 Bean 18/50hp Tourer  Chassis no. 52175 Engine no. 6762
1927 Bean 18/50hp Tourer
Registration no. SV 6938
Chassis no. 52175
Engine no. 6762

Footnotes

  • Bonhams are grateful to the cousin of the deceased for the extra information on this vehicle.

    The history file for the Bean contains the original Owner's Handbook of the Bean 18/50 h.p. 6 Cylinder. Plus the original Bean Cars Manufacturer's marketing pamphlets as issued to the Australian agents in Sydney, in original envelopes for 1927.

    Receipts and notes on file include V.M. Engineering Co. Pty. Ltd.of Walkerville South Australia - Gavin Sandford-Morgan's brief history of the car in Australia together with an Australian Certificate (FIVA) passport. Invoices from Australian and Hong Kong engineering firms for rebuilding gearbox etc in 2005. More invoices from Belcher Engineering, Bury St Edmunds dated 2003 for rebuilders Mr D Parrett, Station Works, Shepreth Cambridgeshire. Further invoices from Frenchay Garage, Bristol for work carried out in 2004.

    The above, along with the original V5 will follow post-sale.
    Established component suppliers to the British motor industry, the Staffordshire-based firm of Harper Sons & Bean had turned its Dudley and Tipton factories over to munitions production during the Great War. With hostilities at an end, the company sought to keep its plant and workforce occupied by turning to motor manufacturing, acquiring the rights to the pre-war Perry 11.9hp from Willys-Overland. The Perry was powered by a 1,796cc sidevalve four with fixed cylinder head, which drove via a cone clutch, separate three-sped gearbox and spiral bevel rear axle. Ambitious production targets were set but these were never achieved, and at the end of 1920 the company was wound up, re-emerging some twelve months later in reconstituted form. The Twelve was still the mainstay of production, and would remain so until 1927. A 14hp model was added to the range in 1924 followed by Bean's first six – the Meadows-engined 18/50hp – in 1926. That same year Harper Bean, as it had become known, was taken over by its steel suppliers, Hadfield's of Sheffield, after which the cars were marketed as 'Hadfield-Bean'. Towards the decade's end Hadfield's decided to concentrate on the production of commercial vehicles and the last passenger cars were made in 1929. Within a few years the commercials too had been dropped, though the Bean company would continue as a component supplier into the post-war era.
    Fully restored at date unknown, this Bean 18/50hp tourer was purchased at auction in June 2002 and taken to Hong Kong where it was rallied before returning to the UK in 2008. It has been professionally stored since then and remains in generally very good condition, with superb paintwork, and will be freshly MoT'd for the sale. Finished in black with red pinstripes, matching leather interior and cream hood, the car comes complete with full-length tonneau cover and is offered with Swansea V5 document. It is hoped that further documentation will accompany it at time of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Bonhams are grateful to the cousin of the deceased for the extra information on this vehicle. The history file for the Bean contains the original Owner's Handbook of the Bean 18/50 h.p. 6 Cylinder. Plus the original Bean Cars Manufacturer's marketing pamphlets as issued to the Australian agents in Sydney, in original envelopes for 1927. Receipts and notes on file include V.M. Engineering Co. Pty. Ltd.of Walkerville South Australia - Gavin Sandford-Morgan's brief history of the car in Australia together with an Australian Certificate (FIVA) passport. Invoices from Australian and Hong Kong engineering firms for rebuilding gearbox etc in 2005. More invoices from Belcher Engineering, Bury St Edmunds dated 2003 for rebuilders Mr D Parrett, Station Works, Shepreth Cambridgeshire. Further invoices from Frenchay Garage, Bristol for work carried out in 2004. The above, along with the original V5 will follow post-sale.
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