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c.1925 VAUXHALL 14-40HP MELTON THREE SEATER WITH DICKEY
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c.1925 VAUXHALL 14-40HP MELTON THREE SEATER WITH DICKEY

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c.1925 VAUXHALL 14-40HP MELTON THREE SEATER WITH DICKEY

Registration No. YK 5298
Chassis No. Tba
Engine No. LM 4004
Maroon with black wings, no interior trim

Engine: four cylinder side valve, 75mm x 130mm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: front, semi-elliptic leaf spring, rear, cantilever leaf spring; Brakes: four wheel drum. Right hand drive

Vauxhall unveiled their smaller horsepower model, the 14-40 in 1923. As period promotional literature noted, it was their intention to supply 'The widening demand for medium sized cars' and 'desire for cheaper motoring', however they were quick to point out that 'The Vauxhall Company in designing the 14-40 Vauxhall did not attempt to produce a cheap car, but on the contrary applied itself to the problem of building a best class car at the lowest price possible - a very different thing.'

In this they succeeded and today this car gives a perfect example of the characteristics to which the company referred; the materials, components and engineering are of very high quality (the Vauxhall was built to last) and the only doubt cast in one's mind is how there was room for a profit in its price of £450. After three years of production, they proclaimed the model a success, and it received development with larger body accommodation (on the Melton that meant space for three persons across the front bench seat), a four speed gearbox, wire wheels, and engine refinements, as on this car.

This example represents an 'as found' 14-40 project. From its basic completeness it is certainly thought that the car was purchased for the collection in complete order and then later dismantelled for restoration which, due to the sheer quantity of similar projects in the collection, was never continued.

When inspected by Christie's specialists, in addition to the rolling chassis and bodywork that sits atop it, we were able to locate: steering column, engine (number LM 4004), gearbox, front and back axles, wings, hood, bulkhead, some of the windscreen, radiator, bonnet and running boards, all of which loosely was assembled for photography.
The car wears a London registration prefixed 'YK', though at the time of cataloguing we had been unable to establish whether there was any paperwork that accompanies it and so sadly cannot elaborate on any history prior to present ownership.

The car is sold as viewed.
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