1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331

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Lot 243
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster
Registration no. BS 9248 Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331

Sold for £ 40,000 (US$ 53,955) inc. premium
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster
Registration no. BS 9248
Chassis no. 17607
Engine no. 25331

Footnotes

  • Prize open the tinder–dry and dusty doors of an Indian Maharajah’s motor house and the chances are that in the line-up of ‘maturing’ Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza and Lanchester motor cars you will see the distinctive radiator of a magnificent Napier, a marque favoured by royalty and nobility the world over, influenced in no small way by the engineering brilliance of Montague Napier and, in the early days, the marketing genius of Selwyn F.Edge who brought the marque to prominence at the turn of the nineteenth century. D.Napier & Son were there in the infant years of the motor car and Edge recognised the importance of successful competition in the new-fangled motor sport, Napier participating with distinction in the 1,000 Miles Trial in 1900 with a prototype model.
    Napier claimed many firsts, building the first British racing car for the Gordon Bennett Race of 1901 and winning that prestigious event in 1902, the car wearing for the first time the British Racing Green livery. Napier claimed also to be the first manufacturer to offer a six-cylinder car in a production model – the 18hp car of 1903 – and it was another six-cylinder model, this time a mighty 60hp racer, which set a new record at the newly opened Brooklands track in 1907, driving at an average speed of 65.9mph for 24 hours.
    The Great War saw massive strides forward in engineering technology and Napier’s involvement at the cutting edge of aero-engine design set them in good stead to resume car manufacture in the immediate post-war years. Designer Arthur Rowledge had manned the drawing boards in those war years and therefore it is not surprising that his post-war 6-cylinder, 6.2litre, 40/50 hp motor car engine should feature such niceties as aluminium cylinders with steel liners and an overhead camshaft. Napier’s one model policy was a wise decision, emulating Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza and Isotta-Fraschini, and the marque had a loyal following.
    This car is of 1921 manufacture and, although little is known of its early history, this is a Napier which found its way overseas, the present enthusiast-owner returning the car home to England from South Africa, where it is reported it had been used as a hot air balloon support vehicle, some six years ago. The car now sports impressive four- seater gentleman’s roadster coachwork, looking for-all-the world prepared for the currently fashionable Peking-Paris ‘jaunt’. Finished in British Racing Green livery, (what else?), it is generously equipped for the serious motorist with nickel CAV headlamps, Lucas bulb horn, rear mounted spare wheel and 24 inch road wheels with new beaded edge tyres. Driving instruments include Napier clock and speedometer, Lucas amp meter and a Tapley gradient meter.
    This rare and head-turning vintage sports car, which boasts an impressive turn of speed, the 6.2 litre engine requiring only the minimal use by the driver of the four speed centre-change gearbox, is offered with Swansea registration document, current road fund licence and MOT certificate.
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
1921 Napier 40/50hp. T75 6.2litre Gentleman’s Sporting Four-seat Roadster  Chassis no. 17607 Engine no. 25331
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