One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277

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Lot 323
1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey
Coachwork by The Grosvenor Carriage Co. Ltd., Kilburn, London Registration no. EC 3181 Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277

Sold for £ 242,300 (US$ 292,908) inc. premium
One family ownership since 1952
1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey
Coachwork by The Grosvenor Carriage Co. Ltd., Kilburn, London

Registration no. EC 3181
Chassis no. E269
Engine no. E277

Footnotes

  • In his foreword to Nic Portway's standard work, Vauxhall 30-98 – The Finest of Sporting Cars, Bill Boddy wrote, "for me, no car of the vintage period has the same appeal as a 30-98" and many others with life long involvement with vintage cars have eulogised similarly about Luton's best kept secret. Introduced initially as a 4 ½ litre side valve model, and clearly developed from Pomeroy's iconic pre-Great War Prince Henry, the 30-98 quickly made its mark in the quintessentially 1920s pastimes of speed hill climbs and endurance trials. The designation 30-98 comes from the 30bhp developed at 1,000rpm and the 98bhp developed at 3,000rpm. When fitted with lightweight coachwork – and most were – few contemporary motor cars could match the performance of the early E-type 30-98 and, when equipped with standard specification beaded edge wheels and tyres, handling is impeccably precise. Performance and handling were not always matched by braking capacity. Later developments of the model were to embrace a 4 ¼ litre overhead valve engine, a stronger and longer chassis and front wheel brakes, although the last listed development frankly made little difference. To the connoisseur and purist the exceptionally nimble E-type remains the definitive 30-98.

    This car left the erecting shop at Luton on 14th July 1920, its first owner specifying two- seater and single dickey seat coachwork by The Grosvenor Carriage Co. Ltd. of Welbeck Works, Kilburn, North London. Although the four-seater Velox coachwork was 'standard fare' on the 30/98 chassis, the Grosvenor two-seater with single dickey, offering snug accommodation in the front with adequate rear seat accommodation for fair weather motoring, was the next most favoured configuration. It is surprising therefore that so few two-seater with single dickey examples on the E-type 30-98 chassis survive. The vendor believes that only two original cars built to this specification in 1920 survive in the UK, the other car, chassis no. E260, being originally the property of trials driver Capt. McCorquodale who was later to marry Brooklands racing driver and romance novelist Dame Barbara Cartland. The car offered here - chassis no. E269 - was supplied with lightweight aluminium coachwork (Vauxhall advised bespoke coachbuilders that coachwork for the 30-98 should not exceed 5cwt.) and remained in its original unpainted polished aluminium finish for much of its life.

    Although the complete history of this car is not known it was first registered in Westmorland (now Cumbria) and it is believed that in its early days it was owned by the Lings family of Bollington, Cheshire (who had owned an early Prince Henry). At a later date, believed to be c.1930, E269 passed into the ownership of a Mr. Jeffreys, remaining in regular use and later serving King and Country in World War II, being requisitioned for service with the Home Guard in its native North Country. In 1952 E269 was purchased from Messrs. Molyneux, West & Co. Ltd. 'The Automobile Engineers' of Urmston, near Manchester, by Ian Ferguson Esq., brother of the present owner. The princely sum of £115 changed hands. The 1952 invoice is on file. The car was shortly to pass to Ian Ferguson's brother in whose enthusiastic hands it has remained ever since. At this stage the car's coachwork remained in its polished aluminium state and remained as such until c.1980 when sixty or so years of fairly constant use called for a major mechanical restoration. This work was entrusted to Vauxhall 30-98 specialist Arthur Archer of Dunmow and at the same time cosmetic condition was addressed. It was decided to paint the aluminium coachwork to protect the original metal from the ravages of the Norfolk coastal climate, the car being re-finished in traditional Vauxhall maroon and black livery and reupholstered in black leather. Since then the car has had only occasional outings and has scarcely travelled beyond the Norfolk county boundaries. Although well documented - the manufacturer's records for this car are listed in Portway's standard work - Vauxhall 30-98 The Finest of Sporting Cars - and the car is recorded in the Vauxhall 30-98 Register and is well known to exist - this car has been seen by just a few of the 30-98 cognoscenti in the last 60 years.

    E269, so outstandingly original in all major respects and with exceptional long ownership history, now emerges from its Norfolk slumbers onto the open market for the first time in 62 years. The car is equipped with correct CAV front lights with Rubbolite rear lamps. Wefco leather spring gaiters are fitted and wiring is armoured cabling in correct style, while the radiator sports a period calormeter. The attractive three piece Beatonson windscreen adds an Edwardian flavour to the car. Fittings throughout are nickel. It should be noted that this car was fitted with Fisher front wheel brakes in the 1920s. At the time of restoration c.1980 the operating mechanism for the original transmission brake was removed but the original parts were retained should a fearless new owner wish to return it to the original specification! E269 is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document, the 1952 sales invoice, period photographs and old buff log book from 1952.

    Although believed to be in sound order in all major areas E269 has seen little use in recent years and we therefore advise careful re-commissioning before exploiting the exciting performance this 'finest of sporting cars' will offer.

Saleroom notices

  • In 1952 the car's coachwork remained in its polished aluminium state and remained as such until c.1970 when fifty or so years of fairly constant use called for a major mechanical restoration. This work was entrusted to Vauxhall 30-98 specialist Arthur Archer of Dunmow. Ian Polson, who was employed by Arthur Archer at the time, recalls working on the 30-98 during 1973-74, and we are grateful to him and Arthur Archer for their information. During this period the major mechanical and cosmetic restoration was carried out to Archers customarily high standards being completed in 1975. It was decided to paint the aluminium coachwork to protect the original metal from the ravages of the Norfolk coastal climate, the car being re-finished in traditional Vauxhall maroon and black livery and reupholstered in black leather.
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One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
One family ownership since 1952,1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey  Chassis no. E269 Engine no. E277
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