1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8

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Lot 174
1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)
Coachwork by Birch Brothers Ltd Registration no. UL 1771 Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8
Sold for £ 25,300 (US$ 32,395) inc. premium

Lot Details
1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8 1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)  Chassis no. 175311W Engine no. 2188/8
1929 Bean 14hp 14-seat Omnibus (30cwt)
Coachwork by Birch Brothers Ltd

Registration no. UL 1771
Chassis no. 175311W
Engine no. 2188/8

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 2.4-litre 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.

    This rare Bean 14hp omnibus was commissioned in 1928 by Mr Henry Arthur Turner, an independent bus operator based in Wandsworth, West London, who had been granted Route 207 running to and from The Railway Hotel, Barnes to Richmond Golf Course. Mr Turner already owned a second-hand Bean 25cwt chassis and had commissioned commercial coachbuilders Birch Brothers Ltd of Kentish Town to build a 12-seater bus body for it. Birch Brothers also secured the commission to supply and body a second Bean chassis (of 30cwt) with 14-seat coachwork (that offered here). Apart from the number of seats, both the rear-entrance bodies were of identical design and painted green with matching upholstery and a grey roof. Approved by the Metropolitan Police in December 1928, Turner's two Bean buses were registered 'YN 4594' (25cwt) and 'UL 1771' (30cwt).

    Its days an omnibus at an end, 'UL 1771' was used as a caravan between 1941 and 1966 and was restored to its original configuration between 1988 and 1991. An undated press cutting on file depicts 'UL 1771' taking part in Bean Rally held at the Black Country Museum in Dudley with Bean Car Club registrar Ken Denham at the wheel. The vehicle has also been displayed at The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, Lancashire (see description on file).

    In 2010 the Bean was purchased from the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway collection and since acquisition has remained in professional storage and been serviced annually by its custodians. Described as in generally good/very good condition and running very well, this delightful late-Vintage omnibus is offered with restoration photographs, owner's handbook and parts list (copy), 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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