Gables Service Station
30 June 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
1922 GWYNNE ALBERT G3 ALL WEATHER CABRIOLET
Registration No. AN 283
Chassis No. G3 1728
Engine No. B/601/10
Blue with black interior
Engine: four cylinder, overhead valve, 1,496cc, 11.9hp; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: front, semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear, cantilever leaf springs; Brakes: two wheel drum. Right hand drive
The Albert car was originally built by Adam, Grimaldi & Co. of Vauxhall and designed by A.O. Lord. The coachwork relied heavily on the use of aluminium in its construction and the company purchased their engines from Gwynne of Chiswick, who were now based in the old Thorneycroft works. By March 1920, only 250 of these cars had been made, most being of to an All-weather Chummy design, when Gwynne took over the company and moved production to their Chiswick base.
Period advertising for the cars by Gwynne boldly proclaims 'In the ALBERT Range of Light Cars there is a model - the best of its class - to suit EVERY PURSE and EVERY PURPOSE' They also stated the cars offered 'perfection in technical quality' and that the purchase of any of their models was 'an investment, because they will give you lasting and care-free road-service at the minimum of cost'. Perhaps such claims were the reason that they opted for a radiator design not dissimilar from another manufacturer of quality cars, Rolls-Royce. The cars were sold through The Service Motor Co. Ltd of Great Portland Street.
This Gwynne built car is an example of the 11.9hp Albert model their standard unusual and rather attractive 'all weather' coachwork notable for its two-piece vee-windscreen and simple hood design. The car was originally registered for the road on 28th March 1922 in West Ham County Borough Council.
By 1938, when the log book it retains was issued the car was now in Essex and was the property of Albert Pidgeon of Wool Pack Farm, Fryering, Ingatestone. The car was road taxed until the war, but no further ownership history is known.
Substantially complete, this represents an opportunity to return an example of an extremely rare light car to the road through sympathetic restoration.
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This lot is offered without reserve.No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
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