1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184

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Lot 170
1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division
Registration no. XW 8431 Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184
Sold for £ 10,350 (US$ 13,619) inc. premium

Lot Details
1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184 1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184 1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184 1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184 1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184 1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division  Chassis no. 22044 Engine no. 012184
1925 Bean Model 4 12hp Saloon with Division
Registration no. XW 8431
Chassis no. 22044
Engine no. 012184

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 restored example was purchased from Pioneer Automobiles of Whitchurch, Hampshire by the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway collection in 1998. Little is known of the car's prior history other than the fact that it once belonged to a Mr Owen Legg of Poole, Dorset and had been used as a funeral director's 'following car' (see letter on file). Since its acquisition from the B&WLR circa 2010, 'XW 8431' has remained in professional storage and been serviced annually by its custodians. Running well, the car is offered with the aforementioned correspondence, an owner's handbook and a V5C registration document.

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  • The V5 has been temporarily misplaced. An application for the V5C will be made after the sale..
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