1925 Sunbeam 14/40hp Two-seater plus Dickey  Chassis no. 5177E

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Lot 560
1925 Sunbeam 14/40hp Two-seater plus Dickey
Coachwork by Sunbeam Motor Car Co Ltd

£ 30,000 - 40,000
US$ 41,000 - 54,000
1925 Sunbeam 14/40hp Two-seater plus Dickey
Coachwork by Sunbeam Motor Car Co Ltd

Registration no. OF 4554
Chassis no. 5177E
*High quality car from a premier British make
*Present family ownership since 1989
*Improved engine specification
*Eligible for VSCC events

Footnotes

  • John Marston Limited's first Sunbeam production car, a De Dion-engined voiturette, was sold in 1901, but it was not until 1907, two years after the Sunbeam Motor Car Company had been formed, that the firm produced its first all-British model, the 16/20. The arrival of designer Louis Coatalen in 1909 and the pursuit of an effective competitions programme enabled Sunbeam to establish a formidable reputation prior to WWI, its superbly made products enjoying a reputation rivalling that of the best from Alvis and Bentley thereafter. Sunbeam's post-WWI 14hp model was a new overhead-valve design displacing 1,954cc, which was soon revised as the enlarged 14/40hp with a more powerful 2,120cc engine. A top speed of around 60mph was achievable by these 14hp Sunbeams, which were also capable of good fuel economy by the standards of their day. It is estimated that around 80 14/40hp models survive.

    This 14/40hp Sunbeam has been owned by the same family since March 1989, and has competed in the occasional VSCC rally over the years. The car has carried several different registration numbers, the current one dating from a period when it was with a motor trader near Market Harborough known as MotoSpot. 'OF 4554' number was previously on a Morris Minor and it is unknown why a transfer was made. Previous numbers are 'MN 7126' (Isle of Man), 'PMA 979', and 'HSV 957'.

    The car has been maintained primarily by the vendor and his father. Works carried out over the years include regrinding the crankshaft and re-metalling the main and big-end bearings (in August 1998). Various new bearings were fitted to the gearbox at this time, the odometer reading then being 62,775 (currently 67,000). The engine has been improved by fitting a full-flow oil filter and hydraulic timing chain tensioners. The fan mounting is not original but there is a new un-machined casting with the car. There is also a substantial amount of paperwork including old MoTs, a V5C document, and a photocopy of the car's Sunbeam Register entry, etc together with photocopies of the owner's handbook and workshop manual.
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1925 Sunbeam 14/40hp Two-seater plus Dickey  Chassis no. 5177E
1925 Sunbeam 14/40hp Two-seater plus Dickey  Chassis no. 5177E
1925 Sunbeam 14/40hp Two-seater plus Dickey  Chassis no. 5177E
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