1936 Vauxhall 14hp DX ‘Light Six’ Saloon  Engine no. 514646

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Lot 74
1936 Vauxhall 14hp DX ‘Light Six’ Saloon
Registration no. to be advised Engine no. 514646

Sold for £ 3,000 (US$ 4,140)
MOTOR CAR
1936 Vauxhall 14hp DX ‘Light Six’ Saloon
Registration no. to be advised
Engine no. 514646
Originally the Vauxhall Iron Works Ltd of South London, a firm of marine engineers, Vauxhall built its first motor car in 1903 before relocating two years later to Luton in Bedfordshire, which remains the company’s base today. Laurence Pomeroy’s tenure as Chief Engineer saw Vauxhall produce some of the truly outstanding designs of the Edwardian period, commencing with the 20hp Prince Henry in 1910. A larger (4-litre) version of the Prince Henry’s four-cylinder side-valve engine was developed for its D-Type successor, introduced in 1913, which was followed later that same year by the company’s best known sports model, the 30/98 E-Type. Despite producing some of the finest designs of the period, Vauxhall was far from secure financially and fell into the clutches of General Motors, which acquired it in 1925. From then onwards the firm concentrated on solid, well-engineered models aimed at the middle classes.
Re-structuring its range in the aftermath of the Depression, Vauxhall dropped the 2-litre Cadet - Britain’s first car with a synchromesh gearbox - in favour of the smaller Light Six. Introduced for 1933, the newcomer came with either a 1,530cc 12hp (ASY) or 1,781cc 14hp (ASX) overhead-valve engine and would prove an enormous success for Vauxhall, in excess of 23,000 being made up to the end of 1934 when the model was re-designed and re-styled along Big Six lines, gaining a new X-braced chassis equipped with Dubonnet coil-sprung independent front suspension, four-speed synchromesh gearbox and mechanical brakes. Models offered were the 12hp DY and 14hp DX, a further 59,000-or-so of which were manufactured up to the end of 1938.
First registered on 30th December 1936, this Light Six has been up-graded from 12 to 14hp specification. Finished in black with blue interior, it has never been restored and is described as in ‘100% original’ condition and in perfect running order. While in Mr Mosimann’s ownership the car has been used for special occasions, mainly to drive VIP guests from and to airports, hotels, etc. We are advised that the car’s service/maintenance records, MoT certificate and registration documents are contained within the accompanying file.
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