1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738

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Lot 1240
1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach
Coachwork by Bush & Twiddy, Norwich Registration no. VF 6618 Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738
Sold for £ 40,250 (US$ 52,506) inc. premium

Lot Details
1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738 1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach  Chassis no. LQ55772 Engine no. RT683738
1929 Chevrolet LQ International 14-Seater Coach
Coachwork by Bush & Twiddy, Norwich

Registration no. VF 6618
Chassis no. LQ55772
Engine no. RT683738

Footnotes

  • Built in the General Motors factory at Hendon, the Chevrolet International was the forerunner of the Bedford commercial vehicle range. Powered by a six-cylinder 2.9-litre petrol engine with overhead valves, it has a four-speed gearbox. The footbrake operates external contracting bands on the rear drums and internal expanding front brakes; the handbrake actuates internal expanding rear brakes.

    The Chevrolet LQ offered exceptional value for money: in 1929 the basic price of an LQ 14-seater bus was £405 (a similar coach from rival make Bean Cars was £550), and it was a bus of this type that Charles Banfield chose as his second coach when he established his fleet.

    This particular Chevrolet was bought new by William Reynolds of Overstrand, Norfolk, and bodied as an "all-weather" coach with fold-back canvas roof by local firm Bush & Twiddy of Croft Coach Works, Norwich. It spent its working life in Norfolk, and had been barn-stored for a number of years when it was discovered in the early 1960s. Michael Banfield acquired it for £25 and it was completely restored in 1962-63 to the 1929 specification of Charles Banfield's second coach. It made its debut at the 10th British International Coach Rally on 19 April 1964, competing against 90 modern coaches. Amazingly, this 35-year-old coach finished second overall in the road section and driving tests in Class One and came second in the concours d'elegance. It also won the Veteran Motorists Challenge Trophy.

    This remarkable achievement was followed by a string of successes in concours events: among these was a second overall award in the concours at the HCVC London-Brighton Rally in 1964, followed by outright victory the next year.

    Riding back in the Chevrolet after the 1964 London-Brighton Rally, the correspondent of Buses Illustrated compared the LQ to its offspring, the earliest Bedford, in the language of the true bus anorak: "When accelerating, the familiar Bedford induction road was quite absent, and it then occurred to me that the reason would doubtless be the use of a vertical (ie updraught) carburettor instead of the down-draught unit of the Bedford. Moreover, although the gearbox must have been similar in essentials, the gears themselves were obviously different , because the gearbox note seemed to have more in common with a Gilford than a Bedford."

    He added: "The standard of comfort of the 14-seat Bush & Twiddy body was quite high –indeed, one wonders whether the standard of finish when new was as good as it is now, for the standard of finish would not have disgraced a private car."

    Half a century on, that high standard of finish and comfort is still evident in the oh-so-true-to-period interior of this lovingly restored coach. It comes with old buff logbooks, a full set of original instruction books and parts catalogues as well as a photocopy of the repair manual for 1929-32 Chevrolet cars and trucks. In running order, it has a certificate confirming that it successfully finished the 50th Historic Commercial Vehicle Society London-Brighton Run on 1 May 2011.
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