Chassis # OD378 | Engine # OD381 | Registration SP7593
During the Roaring Twenties, Vauxhall was famous for producing handsome, well-engineered cars that could easily Duke it out with Bentley’s or Sunbeam’s of the day.
Introduced in 1922, this early 23/60hp uses a development of the 4.0-litre, four-cylinder, side-valve ‘D-Type’ engine originating from 1913, but is updated with the ohv cylinder head. The OD 23/60hp Vauxhall was a popular model around the Empire – with many of the 1,400 made finding homes in Australia in particular. It’s no surprise that these cars are now very rare in the U.K. and seldom change hands.
This 23/60 is a fine launch-year example. Originally delivered to its owner in Fifeshire, it appears to only had two previous owners in its lifetime. Since being in its current ownership, this 23/60 has had a charmed life of ongoing maintenance from well-regarded experts in the field. Successful outings at multiple Classic Rallies has resulted in numerous prizes being awarded.
A ground-up restoration was completed in April 1984 and it comes with an assuring photographic record of progress. In the final stages of this thorough restoration process, a new bodyshell was built from the same ‘Ash’ frame as the original. Attention to detail throughout also extended to the owner sourcing a 1924 sewing machine to replicate original stitching for the upholstery.
The coachwork is finished in Ruby Red over black, with a correct silver-polished bonnet, with tan leather seats and carpets and a fresh light-grey folding roof. It comes with a full original factory tool-kit, Vauxhall operating manual, engineering drawings and receipts for work carried out.
only two previous keepers. offered to the market from a notable private collection.
This Vauxhall is ‘on the button’ as would be expected from a highly regarded collection, and it now awaits a suitable new owner.
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