1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625

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Lot 152
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster
Registration no. LA 6900 Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625

Sold for £ 37,800 (US$ 50,879) inc. premium
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster
Registration no. LA 6900
Chassis no. Car No. 279
Engine no. 3625

Footnotes

  • The RMC Seabrook was essentially a Detroit-built Regal Underslung, marketed in England by Seabrook Bros. who had showrooms in Cambridge Circus, London, WC. Like the American Underslung, the frame members of the Regal passed beneath the axles, enabling a much lower, sleeker and more sporting looking car to be built, arguably with a better suspended ride. The 20hp engine gave sporting performance and this car certainly has that.

    It also has a most interesting history. It was discovered near Maidstone in Kent in 1966 in a school playground where it was a plaything for the children. At some stage in its history it had been converted into a sports ground roller and we understand that this was after it had been handed over to the War Office in 1914. Its two-seater configuration had been unsuitable for military service and the vehicle then reputedly being passed to Kent County Council Parks Department, where we believe the roller conversion took place. Its earlier history is still more interesting. This is the car that took part in the Essex County Automobile Club Hill Climb in 1911, at which event it was photographed in The Autocar on 15th July 1911. The car carries a brass plate on the dashboard recording 1st place at Bottledown Hill Climb on 8th July 1911. Motor Sport magazine of 1963 recorded the cars of Sir Francis Samuelson and he had acquired an RMC Seabrook in 1911 to replace his Sizaire-Naudin. All indications are that this is the Samuelson car in which he lapped Brooklands at the 1911 Whitsun Meeting at 58.52mph. Inspection by one of the surviving Seabrook brothers in much later years confirmed that this was one of the first three Regals imported and, in his opinion, this was indeed the car which was subsequently sold to Samuelson.

    Following its discovery in 1966 the car passed through a succession of owners including T.D. Larner and then to David Hamilton in 1976. Restoration was well advanced and all work carried out to the highest quality at the time of Hamilton’s death in the 1980s, following which the car was sold at auction in London in 1987. The purchaser, Vivien F. Smith, proceeded with that restoration and a log of work carried out over the years is maintained on file. The car in its complete state was subsequently acquired by noted vintagent, Mike Holt, in 1992 and was campaigned actively in appropriate events prior to acquisition by the Ward Brothers.

    This sporting Edwardian is presented in dark blue livery with black wings and maroon chassis detail. The coachwork is trimmed in deep-buttoned leather and the car equipped with Lucas ‘King of the Road’ nickel headlamps and Lucas No.516 side lamps. Note particularly on this car the heavily drilled driver’s pedals and the outstanding manufacture quality of the steering wheel. Here is an Edwardian sports car of great rarity – the only RMC listed in the current V.C.C. Members Handbook – a model highly respected in the U.S.A. under its Regal badging and a car of proven sporting ability. It comes with a quite outstanding and well researched history file including correspondence with Brooklands authority Bill Boddy. The car is V.C.C. dated and was issued with Certificate No.1852. It is Swansea registered and comes with old and new style Swansea documentation.
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625
1911 RMC Seabrook 20hp Roadster  Chassis no. Car No. 279 Engine no. 3625
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