1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943

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Lot 68
1935 Vauxhall Big Six BXL Limousine
Coachwork by Coachwork by Grosvenor Registration no. JB 6472 Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943

£ 8,000 - 10,000
US$ 10,000 - 12,000
Amended
1935 Vauxhall Big Six BXL Limousine
Coachwork by Coachwork by Grosvenor

Registration no. JB 6472
Chassis no. 640436
Engine no. 791943
Odometer reading: TBC
MOT: Exempt


*Rare coachbuilt top-of-the-range model
*Present ownership since 2014
*Used as a wedding car
*Requires re-commissioning


Vauxhall's Big Six BY, BX and BXL models were new introductions for 1934, effectively replacing the mid-sized Cadet and larger T80 models. There was a choice of overhead-valve six-cylinder engines: 2.4 litres (BY) or 3.2 litres (BX and long-wheelbase BXL) while a four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top two ratios was common to all models. The Cadet's chassis layout and construction was carried over to the new range, albeit extensively modified, the wheelbase increasing from 107" to 111" on the BY/BX and to 130" on the BXL. There was semi-elliptic springing all round and Luvax automatic chassis lubrication. Big Six styling reflected both Vauxhall's own design characteristics and the latest trends within General Motors, while the luxurious interior was unmistakably British, featuring plentiful leather and wood veneer. Six body styles were available: saloon, cabriolet, fixed-head coupé, drophead coupé (x2) and limousine, the coachbuilt bodies being supplied by the likes of Grosvenor and Martin Walter. Vauxhall's 'No-Draught' ventilation was a feature of the standard saloon. By the time production ceased in 1936, a total of 4,584 Big Sixes had been completed, 796 of them on the BXL long-wheelbase chassis; survivors of the latter are rare.
This rare Vauxhall Big Six Limousine had already been restored when it was acquired by the lady vendor's husband in 2014, being used sparingly thereafter as a wedding car. Unused for some time due to the owner's ill health, the car will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. Offered with a V5C document.

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 59 /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: 15 /25
    Body Work: 3
    Paint: 3
    Glass: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Axles: 3
    Suspension: 3
    Brakes: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Seats: 3
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6 /10
    Main components: 3
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 12 /20
    Starting: 3
    Running: 3
    Under Bonnet: 3
    Mechanical components: 3

    Car History File: 2

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1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
1935 Vauxhall  Big Six BXL Limousine  Chassis no. 640436 Engine no. 791943
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