1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995

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1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer
Registration no. SV 8240 Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995

Sold for £ 52,100 (US$ 64,335) inc. premium
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer
Registration no. SV 8240
Chassis no. OD 1001
Engine no. OD 995

Footnotes

  • Prior to 1925, when Vauxhall was taken over by General Motors, the firm was renowned for producing handsome, finely engineered cars that put it on a par with Bentley or Sunbeam. Introduced in 1922, the 23/60hp was a development of the 4.0-litre, four-cylinder, sidevalve-engined D-Type Vauxhall of 1913, which had been designed by the firm’s famous Chief Engineer, Laurence Pomeroy. Production of the original D-Type was maintained during WWI when the model was used as an army staff car. Manufacture continued after the cessation of hostilities, though Pomeroy departed and his place was taken by Charles Evelyn King, who designed a new overhead-valve detachable cylinder head for both the D-Type and its legendary sporting stablemate, the 30-98. Updated with King’s ohv ’head in mid-1922, the model was known thereafter as the ‘23/60’ or ‘OD’ and was built until 1926, by which time the Luton firm had become part of the General Motors conglomerate. The OD 23/60hp Vauxhall was a popular overseas model and many were dispatched to Empire markets. Approximately 1,400 were made.
    This factory bodied Kington tourer was purchased by the current vendor around eight years ago, shortly after it had been imported into this country from Australia. The plaque of the original Australian supplier - Boyd Edkins - is still on the dashboard and it is understood that the previous owner kept the car for many years, using it extensively.
    Roadworthy but requiring total restoration, the 23/60 was inspected by other Vauxhall owners and deemed to be highly original, even the floorboards being number stamped. The bodywork was repaired wherever necessary, though most of the original structure was sound. Traces of deep red paint were found under the existing black finish, inspiring the choice of the current colour scheme, while sections of the original buff leather trim were discovered under the black vinyl upholstery. New leather was matched to this, identical to that on a car in the Vauxhall museum, and the seats re-trimmed in the correct saddlebag design.
    The steering column was replaced together with the bearing in the dashboard mount. Refaced with new aluminium, the dashboard timber is original, while all the correct instruments are present including matching Jaeger speedometer and clock, and the rare horn button and CAV dimmer switch. (The speedometer is currently disconnected). All the brightwork has been re-nickeled to a high standard and the hood rebuilt and re-covered, complete with new sidescreens and hood bag. The wheels were in a poor state so were rebuilt by Richards Bros and fitted with new tyres, while the radiator was overhauled by specialists Star Engineering in Newport.
    Mechanically the car ran well so has not been taken apart. However, the brakes were relined and are still bedding in. This car is fitted with an SU carburettor, which some other examples have, and a brand new stainless steel exhaust system by Bells Exhausts of Swindon to exact original pattern. The running boards were replaced, incorporating a replica of the original tool tray as fitted to all 23/60 Kington tourers. The electrics were rewired and the lights all professionally rebuilt, including the original CAV ‘diver’s helmet’ rear lamps. Two extra originals have been fitted for use as indicators, although one glass has cracked.
    The only modification is a damper on the front track rod, which is understood to be standard practice, and this has eradicated a small vibration whilst driving. We are advised by the vendor that the rear springs may require some attention as there may be one or two leaves missing, which was not noticed at the time of restoration. A brand new set of Wefco leather gaiters is included in the sale. The Kington has been much enjoyed since the rebuild’s completion in 2006, making several long distance journeys to VSCC events such as Prescott and Madresfield.
    A car benefiting from thousands of pounds spent for the fraction of the price of a 30-98, ‘SV 8240’ is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • There is no current MoT with this vehicle, there is however a recently expired MoT present on file.
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
1923 Vauxhall Type OD 23/60hp Kington Tourer  Chassis no. OD 1001 Engine no. OD 995
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