Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482
Lot 344
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer
Registration no. XO 7367 Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482
Sold for £55,200 (US$ 88,477) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482 Property of a deceased's estate,1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 481 Engine no. OD 482
Property of a deceased's estate
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer
Registration no. XO 7367
Chassis no. OD 481
Engine no. OD 482

Footnotes

  • 'The car is almost certainly the most original un-restored 23-60 Kington in the world.' – David Kirke, A & D Type Vauxhall Register.

    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 widely 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 1,300 were made, of which approximately 100 survive.

    This factory bodied Kington tourer was purchased in 1923 by one Arthur Gilbert Lomax. It has two rare features: firstly, part of the rear tonneau cover is metal whereas this would usually be canvas, and secondly, it has provision for two spare wheels, a factory option. No history of the car survives for the period 1923 to 1935 when it was bought by one Charles Ayscough of Basingstoke and registered as a Hackney carriage in Southampton.

    In 1947 the Vauxhall was bought by one Owen Ernest Thomas who kept it for six months before selling to Captain Donald Gill in September 1948. The car was registered for several years by Essex County Council with addresses in Felixstowe. In 1949 Donald Gill contributed an article to Motor Sport magazine (December edition, copy on file) in which he recalls that he bought the Vauxhall from an engineer (Mr Thomas, presumably) who had restored the car after it had been off the road for some years.

    In 1955 'XO 7367' was bought jointly by four people - Mrs Wayman, Ted Cracknell, Vic Shergold and Raymond Lorenzato – and christened 'Alice'. After a minor 'face lift' in August 1957, the car went on a trip to Lancashire while other journeys were undertaken to Switzerland - probably to Montana in the Sierre district of the Canton Valais. It is also believed that at least one visit was made to Italy. There is a souvenir sticker from the Grimsell Pass on the front window and 'GB' plates fixed to the rear numberplate.

    Unfortunately, the garage rent fell into arrears and it appears that only Raymond Lorenzato was in the position to clear the debt, so sole ownership passed to him. Together with a friend, Raymond began rallying the car with the Vintage Sports Car Club, taking part in several long-distance events. By 1959 most of Raymond's VSCC friends were married with families so the car was not used. In 1962 Raymond seriously damaged his 1953 Sunbeam Talbot so 'Alice' was brought back into use for approximately three months. Around 1964 several events were attended: a meeting at Brooklands, an event at the Vauxhall's Luton headquarters, and one other. The last outing was in July 1967 to a local garden fete. It was then put into dry storage where it has remained ever since.

    David Kirke's accompanying report on 'XO 7367' comments on the car's completeness, though the tools and dashboard clock are missing, and states that it is to standard specification apart from period Hartford shock absorbers; the CAV headlamps are slightly later pattern then the originals would have been; additional instruments including a period tachometer; an Auster screen and counterbalanced 'hardtop' to the rear (as previously mentioned); and the Autovac and 'modern' Zenith carburettor (the original engine-driven and hand pumps are still in place). The chassis is described as in excellent condition, evidence of a professional accident repair to the right front dumb iron being noted, there being a letter on file indicating this was carried out by well known London based restorer of the period John Bland. The engine turns freely and appears to have been run for some time with a frost crack to the block. The trim is to the correct Vauxhall pattern and is thought to be original. Although all present, the wiring is badly perished.

    Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, 'XO 7367' represents a wonderful opportunity to the dedicated enthusiast to bring one of these rare Vintage-era thoroughbreds back to life. Accompanying paperwork consists of an old-style logbook, V5 registration document, various photographs and ephemera relating to the car.

    Donald Gill concluded his Motor Sport article thus: 'For someone who yearns after a real Vauxhall, but for one reason or another is denied a 30-98, the 23-60 commends itself as a not at all unworthy substitute for non-competitive motoring, and the preservation of a few more examples of the type would be a definite gain to the vintage world', sentiments with which Bonhams can only concur.
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