1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272

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Lot 169
1923 Bean 12hp Van
Registration no. XM 7525 Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272
Sold for £ 17,020 (US$ 21,793) inc. premium

Lot Details
1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272 1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272 1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272 1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272 1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272 1923 Bean 12hp Van  Chassis no. 476024 Engine no. 50272
1923 Bean 12hp Van
Registration no. XM 7525
Chassis no. 476024
Engine no. 50272

Footnotes

  • Established component suppliers to the British motor industry, the Staffordshire-based firm of Harper Sons & Bean had turned its Dudley and Tipton factories over to munitions production during the Great War. With hostilities at an end, the company sought to keep its plant and workforce occupied by turning to motor manufacturing, acquiring the rights to the pre-war Perry 11.9hp from Willys-Overland. The Perry was powered by a 1,796cc sidevalve four with fixed cylinder head, which drove via a cone clutch, separate three-sped gearbox and spiral bevel rear axle. Ambitious production targets were set but these were never achieved, and at the end of 1920 the company was wound up, re-emerging some twelve months later in reconstituted form. The Twelve was still the mainstay of production, and would remain so until 1927. A 14hp model was added to the range in 1924 followed by Bean's first six – the Meadows-engined 18/50hp – in 1926. That same year Harper Bean, as it had become known, was taken over by its steel suppliers, Hadfield's of Sheffield, after which the cars were marketed as 'Hadfield-Bean'. Towards the decade's end Hadfield's decided to concentrate on the production of commercial vehicles and the last passenger cars were made in 1929. Within a few years the commercials too had been dropped, though the Bean company would continue as a component supplier into the post-war era.

    One of approximately 10,000 Bean Twelves built between 1919 and 1927, this example comes with an old-style continuation logbook dating from 1932, which shows that it started life as four-seater tourer. Four owners are listed up to 1972, all in the Aberdeenshire area. In the early 1990s the Bean was acquired by Mr William Best, from whose Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway collection it was purchased by the current vendor circa 2010. There are undated photographs of its restoration on file. Since its acquisition by the current owner, 'XM 7525' has remained in professional storage and been serviced annually by its custodians. Described as in generally good/very good condition and running well, the vehicle is offered with the aforementioned documentation and a V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • We are thankful to the Bean Motor Club for this correction. This is a Model 2 and hence an 11.9hp not a Twelve. The Twelve engine had the same bore and stroke (69 x 120) as the 11.9 but was a totally different engine. The V5 has been temporarily misplaced. An application for the V5C will be made after the sale.
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