1914 Belsize 'Gown' Van  Chassis no. to be advised

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Lot 431
1914 Belsize 'Gown' Van
Coachwork by William Vincent Ltd, Reading Registration no. K 471 Chassis no. to be advised

Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 36,025) inc. premium
1914 Belsize 'Gown' Van
Coachwork by William Vincent Ltd, Reading

Registration no. K 471
Chassis no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • The Belsize Motor & Engineering Company was founded in Manchester in 1902, though the first cars to bear the name had appeared the preceding year, built by Marshall & Company, also of Manchester. Modern in conception, the first Belsize featured shaft drive and a twin-cylinder Buchet engine equipped with mechanical inlet valves at a time when many of its rivals relied on the inefficient 'atmospheric' type. A larger three-cylinder 20hp model was offered at this time and then in 1906 an overhead-valve 'six' was announced. However, it was Belsize's more modest smaller cars that established its reputation. These were powered by conventional four-cylinder sidevalve engines built in unit with the transmission, and had shaft final drive. Larger models continued to be catalogued after WWI and then in 1921 a true light car was added to the range, powered by a 1.1-litre 'oil-cooled' v-twin engine designed by Granville Bradshaw. Despite the lack of success of this first Belsize-Bradshaw, that name came to be applied to models by 1924. Sadly, the marque did not survive the post-war economic downturn and was gone by 1926.

    This rare Belsize van was first owned by Wellsteeds of Reading, a drapery, millinery and ladies' tailoring firm, which commissioned local coachbuilder William Vincent Ltd to construct the special body, intended for the transportation of ladies' gowns and other attire. The vehicle later passed to the Belsize Collection in the ownership of Robert Barker & Sons of Brookside Garage in Trawden, Lancashire. Beautifully restored, albeit at date unknown, it comes with a V5 registration document and a delightful bill, discovered between the seats, dated 7th June 1915 and made out by Wellsteeds to a Mrs Payne of St Peter's Hill, Caversham.
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1914 Belsize 'Gown' Van  Chassis no. to be advised
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1914 Belsize 'Gown' Van  Chassis no. to be advised
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