1925 Sunbeam 20/60hp
Lot 653
1925 Sunbeam 20/60hp Tourer Chassis no. 1597ED Engine no. F20/1579/D
Sold for £33,350 (US$ 57,064) inc. premium
Lot Details
1925 Sunbeam 20/60hp Tourer
Registration no. XW 8856
Chassis no. 1597ED
Engine no. F20/1579/D

Footnotes

  • 'The 20/60 was considered by many to be far superior to the Rolls Royce 20hp at a chassis price some 25% less, and it is recorded that Henry Royce communicated from his home in Le Canadel in the South of France to those in Derby, "keep an eye on what is going on at Sunbeams", with a particular regard to this model.' - Bruce Dowell, Sunbeam: The Supreme Car
    The arrival of designer Louis Coatalen at Sunbeam in 1909 and the pursuit of an effective competitions programme enabled Sunbeam to establish a formidable reputation prior to WWI, its superbly made products enjoying a reputation rivalling that of the best from Alvis and Bentley thereafter.
    Introduced at the 1923 Olympia Motor Show and priced at £950 for the tourer model, the first 20hp Sunbeam of the post-war era enjoyed a production life in its initial form of only two years, being superseded by a new Twenty in 1926. The first Twenty featured a massively built chassis frame and was powered by a 3,181cc overhead-valve 'six. This engine retained separate cylinder block and crankcase castings, and was fed by a Claudel Hobson carburettor mounted on the off-side while the auxiliaries, including water pump, dynamo and magneto, sat on the near-side. The right-hand change gearbox incorporated four forward speeds and reverse gear, with 'torque tube' drive to the rear axle, while the Twenty's suspension was typical of the day, with half-elliptic springs at the front and cantilever springs at the rear. According to Dowell, only 1,560 of the early-type Twenty were produced, of which only 45-or-so survive.
    This rare Sunbeam 16/20 is believed to have been used in the television series, 'Doctor Finlay's Casebook', serving as Doctor Cameron's car, before being purchased by the current vendor from the Myrton Museum in Scotland in 1967. The owner tells us that he has enjoyed it very much over the course of 55 years ownership, driving the Sunbeam on many rallies and Vintage gatherings: 'It is truly a wonderful specimen of early fast motoring but having said that, has never exceeded 40 miles per hour when in my control, and been treated with respect.'
    Restored in 1987, 'XW 8856' is described as in generally excellent condition and comes complete with full hood, side screens and hood cover. A lovely Vintage sports tourer, ideal for rallies, and a fine example of an under appreciated marque, the car is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.
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