Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012

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Lot 555
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon
Registration no. JDA 808 Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 15,366) inc. premium
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company
1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon
Registration no. JDA 808
Chassis no. LOD42925
Engine no. 84012

Footnotes

  • Guy Motors was founded in 1914 by Sydney Guy, formerly Works Manager at the Sunbeam Motor Car Company, the Wolverhampton-based manufacturer's first product being a 30cwt lorry equipped with the then novel overdrive transmission. Production was halted almost immediately by The Great War, during which Guy manufactured truck and aero engines. When peace returned, Guy resumed lorry production and for a period in the early 1920s also offered a range of motor cars. Produced in limited numbers, the latter were not a success and from the middle for the decade onwards Guy produced commercial vehicles only. In the early 1930s a range of models was introduced that would prove immensely successful and from that point onwards Guy's reputation went from strength to strength. The firm's famous Red Indian mascot was introduced in 1934 and would feature on its products right up to the end of production in 1979.

    The forward-control Otter design first appeared in the 1930s and continued in production after WW2 with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, one of the latter being the 3.8-litre, 51bhp Gardner 4LK. Like many Gardner power units, the latter was frequently found in marine applications, including the Royal Navy's midget submarines that crippled the German battleship Tirpitz in 1943.

    'JDA 808' started life in 1951 with a tipper body and in 1998 was rebuilt by Marsden Vanplan to original pantechnicon specification as used by the Silentnight bed manufacturing company, extensive research having revealed that it was extremely unlikely that any original examples had survived. The Otter was bought from a scrap dealer in Wolverhampton, whose premises used to be the Guy Motors works!

    The original body was removed, the cab totally stripped and rebuilt to 'as new' condition, and the chassis extended appropriately by Wheelbase Engineering, while Silentnight's in-house workshop carried out the mechanical overhaul and servicing of the engine, gearbox and rear axle. 'JDA 808' was then driven to Marsden Vanplan's works in Warrington for the body to be constructed.

    Since completion in 1999 this vehicle has won its class in almost every event entered, including the prestigious Trans-Pennine Rally (trophies available) and for the last 12 months has been stored under cover. Offered for sale by the son of Silentnight's founder and splendidly finished in the company's livery, this truly wonderful commercial vehicle is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, Swansea V5 document and a detailed account of its restoration. It also comes with a full weatherproof cover made by Specialist Covers, which is stored in the rear of the vehicle and has never been used.

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Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012
Offered directly from the founding family of the Silentnight Company,1951 Guy Otter Pantechnicon  Chassis no. LOD42925 Engine no. 84012
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