1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379

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Lot 373
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet
Coachwork by Sunbeam Registration no. B6 264 Chassis no. AF379

£ 50,000 - 70,000
US$ 67,000 - 93,000
To be sold without reserve
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet
Coachwork by Sunbeam

Registration no. B6 264
Chassis no. AF379
Odometer reading: TBC
MoT expiry date: exempt

*Highly original
*Known ownership history
*An older restoration
*VCC dating certificate


Beautifully appointed and clearly very original, even down to the leather hood, this 16/20hp Cabriolet was built to special order by Sunbeam in July 1914 for Mrs Margaret Roby, whose husband Walter owned a brass foundry in Lancashire. Mr Roby died in 1921 and the Sunbeam remained hidden and unused until after Mrs Roby's death in 1945, being discovered in 1946 by Geoffrey Frank in a scrapyard in need of restoration. Frank restored the Sunbeam and obtained a VCC dating certificate (number '104'), following which the car was sold at a Beaulieu collectors' car auction in 1963 to Ray Woollett (for £1,950). Jetway Ltd (1965) and Ray Woollett (1966) are recorded as previous owners the accompanying old-style logbook.
In 1976 the Sunbeam was bought by Ron Skerman, and in 1988 was sold to David Robson, from whom it was purchased in 2010 by the current vendor. The engine was rebuilt while in David Robson's ownership, since when the car is believed to have seen relatively little use. Featured in 'Sunbeam - The Brass Period' by Bruce Dowell & Alan Richens, this 16/20hp model will cruise at 45 mph and is certain to delight the fortunate next owner.

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Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 80/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 20/25
    Body Work: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
    Glass: 4
    Paint: 4
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 16/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 4
    Seats: 4
    Trim: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 16/20
    Mechanical components: 4
    Running: 4
    Starting: 4
    Under Bonnet: 4

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 16/20
    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 4
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Suspension: 4

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8/10
    Ancillary components: 4
    Main components: 4

    Car History File: 4/5
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1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
1914 Sunbeam 16/20 Cabriolet  Chassis no. AF379
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