1927 Dennis 2½-ton Truck  Chassis no. 31891 Engine no. 21374

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Lot 642
1927 Dennis 2½-ton Truck
Registration no. RX 1183 Chassis no. 31891 Engine no. 21374

Sold for £ 7,360 (US$ 10,124) inc. premium
1927 Dennis 2½-ton Truck
Registration no. RX 1183
Chassis no. 31891
Engine no. 21374

Footnotes

  • The Dennis brothers – John and Raymond – were engaged in the cycle business in the late 1880s, moving on to produce motorcycles, cars and then commercial vehicles, the first of which – a 15cwt van - appeared in 1904. Dennis’s earliest vehicles featured the firm’s patented worm-drive rear axle, unlike those of their rivals, almost all of which used chain drive. The firm is inextricably linked with the manufacture of public service vehicles and more especially with the Fire Service, its first fire engine being delivered to the City of Bradford in 1908. White & Poppe’s 40hp four-cylinder ‘T-head’ sidevalve engine was fitted to many Dennis products, and in 1919 they purchased their Coventry-based engine supplier. A variety of lighter chassis was produced during the 1920s with payloads of 30cwt, 2 tons and 3 tons, which were fitted with both van and lorry bodies. Dennis did not enter the ‘heavyweight’ market until later in the 1920s and introduced its first forward control models in 1927. During this period the 2½-ton chassis was one of Dennis’s most successful, being supplied to municipal authorities for use in refuse collecting, gully emptying and other such duties.
    This 2½-ton Dennis comes with its original buff logbook listing Beaumont College, Windsor as first owner, followed in 1937 by one H K Keeling, of Wokingham and then in 1977 by L J & G M Cullimore, of Charfield, Gloucestershire. The vehicle is finished in the livery of the Cullimores, who are the only owners recorded in the accompanying old-style green continuation logbook and old-type Swansea V5.
1927 Dennis 2½-ton Truck  Chassis no. 31891 Engine no. 21374
1927 Dennis 2½-ton Truck  Chassis no. 31891 Engine no. 21374
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