By order of the Executors of the late Peter Smith-Stafford,1931 Beverley Straight Eight 22/90hp Sports Chassis  Chassis no. 603 Engine no. 603

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Lot 562
By order of the Executors of the late Peter Smith-Stafford,1931 Beverley Straight Eight 22/90hp Sports Chassis
Registration no. DG 2804 (see below) Chassis no. 603 Engine no. 603

Sold for £ 31,050 (US$ 38,589) inc. premium
By order of the Executors of the late Peter Smith-Stafford
1931 Beverley Straight Eight 22/90hp Sports Chassis
Registration no. DG 2804 (see below)
Chassis no. 603
Engine no. 603

Footnotes

  • Rarest of all British sports cars is the Beverley Barnes of which only two examples are believed to survive. Built in Barnes, South London, by a company headed by a Belgian management team, it is variously estimated that only 15 or at most 25 cars were built, the company being more involved in general engineering, including the manufacture of parts for the infant Bentley Motors Ltd as well as components for the Airship 101. By 1931 the luxury sports car was simply marketed as the Beverley, the 22/90hp Straight Eight Sports model featuring twin overhead camshafts and twin S.U carburettors while a supercharged model was listed also, if not produced.

    This car, thought to be one of just two surviving examples from the Beverley-Barnes operation, was first registered as a fabric saloon to Algernon Walter Strickland of Apperley Court, near Tewkesbury, on 16th June 1931. In September 1932 ownership passed to Royal Garage in Scarborough and thence to a recorded list of four owners up to 1948 in East Yorkshire. It was re-registered FBT 498 in 1947 to take advantage of taxation benefits and at that time was recorded as a tourer, the engine capacity being amended in the log book from 2,994cc to 2732cc. It is thought that soon after this the vehicle was acquired by the Smith-Stafford family in East Yorkshire and was to remain in that family until the death of Peter Smith-Stafford last year. The restoration of this rare thoroughbred had been ongoing for many years and it was the wish of its late owner, supported by his executors, that that restoration be completed and the car returned to the road. It is now offered as an exciting restoration project. It is believed, but unconfirmed, that the engine was stripped and re-bored many years ago and unused since. Starter motor, dynamo and water pump appear to have been rebuilt and the handsome radiator (not illustrated) has been restored. Substantially complete as a rolling chassis, although missing bell-housing, clutch and prop-shaft, this project is offered strictly as viewed and comes with two old buff log books and a letter from DVLC advising that, subject to restoration and inspection, the original registration number may be retained It comes also with an ultra-rare period sales brochure and other related documentation.
By order of the Executors of the late Peter Smith-Stafford,1931 Beverley Straight Eight 22/90hp Sports Chassis  Chassis no. 603 Engine no. 603
By order of the Executors of the late Peter Smith-Stafford,1931 Beverley Straight Eight 22/90hp Sports Chassis  Chassis no. 603 Engine no. 603
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