1904 Siddeley 6hp Two Seater  Chassis no. V169 Engine no. 192/6C

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1904 Siddeley 6hp Two Seater
Registration no. EL 259 Chassis no. V169 Engine no. 192/6C

Sold for £ 51,000 (US$ 62,560) inc. premium
1904 Siddeley 6hp Two Seater
Registration no. EL 259
Chassis no. V169
Engine no. 192/6C


  • John Davenport Siddeley, later Lord Kenilworth, came from prosperous northern stock – his father was a hosier in the North West – and enjoys the unique distinction of being the first person to ride a bicycle of his own construction from Lands End to John O’Groats. His cycling interests lead naturally to motor cars, following time served with both Humber and Rover in the cycle industry. After a brief spell with Dunlop Tyres, in the infancy of pneumatic tyres, he was appointed British agent for Peugeot and was soon to establish the Siddeley Autocar Company in Coventry, building his own cars which were a blatant crib on the Peugeot models. As a businessman Siddeley was ruthless but a highly talented and able negotiator and engineer who later went on to greater things with Vickers Ltd (Wolseley and Wolseley-Siddeley), the Deasy Motor Co. (Deasy J D S and Siddeley-Deasy), Sir W G Armstrong-Whitworth Ltd (Armstrong-Whitworth and later Armstrong-Siddeley cars), the A V Roe aircraft co. and briefly with Hawker-Siddeley. The humble but effective single-cylinder Siddeley of 1904 was but the first chapter in a fascinating and brilliant compendium.
    This remarkable car first came into the vendor’s family in 1934. It was delivered new to King & Sons of Bournemouth on 15th November 1904 and first registered with the Bournemouth County Borough Council Registration Authority in March 1905, when it was delivered to a Dr. Davidson for use in his medical practice. The car remained in use until 1917, including the early years of the war and during these 13 years had six recorded owners. It is believed that it was then laid up from 1917 through to 1934 when it was discovered by pioneer veteran car enthusiast, R G J Nash, at a coal dump at Honiton in Devon and rescued for preservation. It was then purchased that year by the vendor’s uncle, Mr M J P Estler, for £35 and recommissioned for the road. It remained in his ownership until 1965 at which time it passed into the ownership of the vendor. It took part in a race for veteran cars at Brooklands circuit in 1939, one of two handicap races, the first being won by E A Marshall’s 1901 Ariel Tricycle at a speed of 22.79mph and the second won by F W Hutton-Stott’s 1902 Wolseley at a speed of 18.62mph. The Siddeley is believed to have finished but did not distinguish itself.
    In the present owner’s hands since 1965, EL 259 has been most actively campaigned in Veteran Car Club events, including several epic long distance drives, and has regularly participated in and completed the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The car is smartly presented in navy blue livery with fine yellow coachlining and is equipped with brass Lucas King of the Road paraffin oil lamps, double-twist bulb horn and rear view mirror. It is upholstered in black leather. A conventional and easy car to drive in all respects, it is equipped with a three forward speed and reverse speed gearbox with final drive by chain to the rear axle.
    EL 259 is exceptionally well-known in veteran car circles and was one of the earliest cars to be dated by the Veteran Car Club, being allocated Certificate no.149. Mechanical condition is considered good and commensurate with age and the owner advises us that a new piston and conrod were made and fitted in July this year. This truly British veteran car is entered for this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and will be offered with Swansea registration document, current licence and MoT certificate and Veteran Car Club Dating Certificate.

Saleroom notices

  • Considerable research has been carried out in recent years, using original manufacturer’s records, regarding the accurate dating of Siddeley and Wolseley motor cars, particularly those constructed in the 1904/1905 period.  Although these records refer to car no. V169 being supplied to King and Son, there is no note within the records showing the date of order or delivery. At the present time, with information currently available, recent researches have proved inconclusive in determining the precise date of manufacture or delivery of car no. V169. At this stage there is no documentary evidence available supporting delivery of the car on 15 November 1904. It should be noted that should further information come to light suggesting that this car was manufactured after 1904, there is perhaps no car more eligible than V169 for ‘grandfather rights’ to enable continued participation in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
1904 Siddeley 6hp Two Seater  Chassis no. V169 Engine no. 192/6C
1904 Siddeley 6hp Two Seater  Chassis no. V169 Engine no. 192/6C
1904 Siddeley 6hp Two Seater  Chassis no. V169 Engine no. 192/6C
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