1928 Lanchester 21 hp Dhc  Chassis no. 3528/3401 Engine no. 3399
Lot 558
1928 Lanchester 23hp Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 3401 Engine no. 3399
Sold for £32,775 (US$ 52,946) inc. premium

Lot Details
1928 Lanchester 23hp Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 3401 Engine no. 3399 1928 Lanchester 23hp Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 3401 Engine no. 3399 1928 Lanchester 23hp Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 3401 Engine no. 3399 1928 Lanchester 23hp Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 3401 Engine no. 3399
1928 Lanchester 23hp Drophead Coupé
Registration no. DS 7464
Chassis no. 3401
Engine no. 3399

Footnotes

  • Lanchester recommenced civilian production after WWI with a single model, the luxurious 40hp, which was even more expensive than the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, but like their rivals at Crewe was soon offering a smaller and cheaper alternative. Introduced in 1923 at the Olympia Motor Show, the 21hp newcomer was powered by a 3.0-litre overhead-camshaft straight six. The latter was Lanchester's first engine with a detachable cylinder head while the conventional (as opposed to epicyclic) gearbox and four-wheel brakes were likewise new departures for the firm. In 1926 the engine was enlarged to 3.3 litres (rated at 23hp) and in this form the model continued in production until 1931. The top speed was comfortably in excess of 60mph.
    Built on the shorter (10' 9") of the two wheelbase lengths and equipped with the 3.3-litre engine, this 23hp model was supplied new to Mr K Meaby of Burgage Manor, Southwell and first registered 'RR 1'. The Lanchester was regularly chauffeur driven and the Meaby family crest can still be faintly detected on the passenger door. In the early 1960s the car changed hands for the first time and the original registration was removed, ownership passing briefly to one Sydney Black OBE to facilitate its transfer. The next (effectively second) owner, Mr Hugh Sheldon, kept the car for 40-plus years, during which time it remained in barn storage apart from sufficient re-commissioning to enable its attendance at the Lanchester Centenary in Birmingham in 1995.
    The current owner purchased the Lanchester at Bonhams' sale at the RAF Museum, Hendon in April 2008 (Lot 558), at which time it was stated that the recorded mileage of circa 73,000 was believed correct. Since acquisition the car has mostly been on museum display and we are advised that it was running well when last driven approximately one year ago. A modern 12-volt ignition coil is fitted although the original 6-volt coil is included in the sale. This delightful 'time warp' Lanchester comes with its original and continuation logbooks, lubrication instructions, SORN letter, three expired MoTs (most recent October 2011) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents.
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