4 December 2001,
London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
Price realised GBP 8,225
GBP 8,000 - GBP 10,000
1906 ROLLS ROYCE 'LEGALIMIT' QUARTER SCALE MODEL
2 Seater Park Phaeton Coachwork by Barker.
Midnight Blue with black wings and blue upholstery
Engine: V-8 side valves in 4 blocks of paired cylinders, nominal 20hp; Chassis: double chassis with parallel side-rails; Gearbox: three-speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear with additional transverse leaf-spring.
This model as an actual car was shown to the public at the Automobile Salon of 1905. It was intended to fill in the company range with a smaller engined model than the 40/50hp design then on the stocks and some very few were produced with either landaulette or this more sporting body styling in defiance of the then speed limit of 35kph. It is believed that the original of this car was purchased by Sir Alfred Harmsworth (later Lord Northcliffe) and delivered to him early in 1906, with a 3-months return clause if not satisfied. In the event he did return it to the factory rather later in the deal for one of the new 40/50hp models the next year, and subsequently the 'Legalimit' was used by Claude Johnson either as a demonstrator or an engineering test-bed. It is probable that only this one car was actually built although details of another being laid down appear in factory records. Although perceived scrapped by 1915, yet evidence suggests it survived perhaps with a replacement engine. The type being completely superseded in 1907 by the new revolutionary Ghost models.
As for the model this is a remarkable creation by Ateliers Fournier of France, being hand-built by Caroline and Tristan Fournier. It clearly shows the remarkable low-line profile providing a strikingly sporting machine yet giving excellent visibility and driving position. The attention to detail and quality of engineering has to be seen to be believed and features opening bonnet, and well detailed engine compartment, with fully operative steering and springing, fold-down windscreen, beautifully crafted brass lamps, radiator, steering column, instruments, pedals, brake and gear-levers, folding hood in leather seats made out of fined lambskin, polished wood floorboards and dashboard completing the truly authentic appearance of this unique model. The artillery-wheels are shod with soft-compound rubber tyres, whilst the coachwork is resplendent in dark blue and the chassis, wings and wheels refinished in black. The model is a credit to the skill of the manufacturers, whose signature is engraved upon a brass plate applied to the fuel tank inscribed No. 1/1 and it was built in 1988.
Length 16.5in (42cm) Weight 3kg.
Length 16.5in (42cm) Weight 3kg.
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