By order of the Executors of the late Oliver Gray,1914 Lancia Theta 35hp 4.9 litre, ‘Barnstaple’ Two-Seater with Dickey  Chassis no. 2251 Engine no. 2251

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Lot 523
By order of the Executors of the late Oliver Gray, 1914 Lancia Theta 35hp 4.9 litre, ‘Barnstaple’ Two-Seater with Dickey
Registration no. LA 8057 Chassis no. 2251 Engine no. 2251

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 28,645) inc. premium
By order of the Executors of the late Oliver Gray
1914 Lancia Theta 35hp 4.9 litre, ‘Barnstaple’ Two-Seater with Dickey
Registration no. LA 8057
Chassis no. 2251
Engine no. 2251
Lancia’s powerful new 4,940cc Theta was displayed on the stands of W L Stewart & Co. Ltd. (concessionaires) and Maythorn & Son, Ltd (coachbuilders) at the 1913 Motor Exhibition at Olympia. Up-to-the-minute features included electric lighting and starting and the transmission brake was chain operated to equalise pressure on the drum. Other interesting features included an adjustable rake steering column and the model came in two wheelbase lengths.
This car was bought new by Dr. Eden, a Harley Street doctor, and was supplied by London concessionaires, W L Stewart & Co. Ltd. of Piccadilly. Dr. Eden retained the car until 1920, trading it in that year with a dealer in Plymouth who sold the car to Dent’s Garage in Thurlstone. The sturdy Lancia was used as a tow and repair van until 1961, when acquired jointly by the late Captain Clift and Oliver Gray. The rear part of the coachwork had been removed, however the new owners’ researches led to information from W L Stewart & Co. showing coachwork in various styles including a two-seater ‘Barnstaple’ Tourer. Clift and Gray recreated the rear part of the coachwork in the spirit of the ‘Barnstaple’ two-seater with double-dickey. The restored car ascended Prescott Hill in 1968 in the highly respectable time of 1 minute 13 seconds and in 1973 won outright the V.C.C. re-enactment of the 1908 Reliability Trial.
This well-campaigned Lancia is now a much mellowed restoration which will benefit from attention to cosmetics and is substantially original in all major mechanical respects. At the time of cataloguing the lusty engine burst into life at the first press of the starter despite standing unused for many months.
The car is well equipped with CAV headlamps, a brass electric klaxon, most practical, detachable rim, wire wheels and is liveried in dark blue. Enjoying the benefit of a four-speed gearbox, the car, with its 4.9 litre engine, is a most comfortable vehicle for long distance motoring. It comes with a Swansea V5 registration document and is V.C.C. dated (Cert. No.1004).

Saleroom notices

  • A quantity of spares are offered with this lot. The V5 document has not been located by the Executors. A duplicate has been applied for and, upon receipt, will be forwarded to the successful buyer.
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