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VAUXHALL 10-4 De Luxe H Type Sliding Head Saloon SOLD (1939)
|We acquired this rare 1939 Vauxhall 10-4 De Luxe H Type Saloon from a regular customer who has a small collection of classic cars all of a very high standard. We have had the pleasure of selling three of his cars in the past two years as he likes to buy a model he has not owned before, enjoy it and then sell on.|
The car was sold new in March 1939 by Vauxhall dealer, South London Motors of Streatham, for a total cost of £178 and given the registration number FUV525 which it still wears today.
The first owner, Mr Langford, owned the car throughout the Second World War and for six years afterwards until he died in 1951. He left the car to his son who used it up until 1967 when, after failing its MOT gave the car to his son, the grandson of the first owner, who was in the process of learning to drive. This grandson had the car repaired to MOT pass standard, passed his driving test and then used it as his everyday transport up until 1973.
During the period of 1939 to 1973, the car had been garaged in the same garage in Brixton, a short walk from the family home.
In 1973, this third Mr Langford sold it to his brother, the 4th Mr Langford to own the car from new. The 4th Mr Langford moved from London to Peterborough in the mid 1970s and sold the car soon afterwards.
In May 1991 it was sold through Barry Hawkins Auctions at Kings Lynn for the grand sum of £1500 with the auction describing the car as having no major rust problems but requiring work.
In the mid 1990s it underwent a full professional ground up restoration and the history file contains an album with over 50 photographs detailing the work completed.
It has recently had the front seats recovered in quality leather and the bumpers rechromed to bring it up to the good standard we see today.
The history file contains the current V5 log book, the current MOT, previous MOT certificates and V5s, a written history from the first owners family of the first 40 years life of the car and the album containing the photographs of the comprehensive restoration.
Although the car is now MOT exempt as it was manufactured prior to 1960, it has an MOT which runs until May 2017.
Rules that commenced in October 2014 mean that the car will need to be licensed for twelve months from the date of sale for the new owner but this will be free as the car qualifies for the Historic Taxation class.
This model is now quite rare even though over 42000 were built as according to information from the Vauxhall Owners Club, they have a survival rate of just 0.2% which equates to less than 100 cars remaining.
Prospective buyers are welcome to come and view the car in our Leeds showroom.
UK wide professional delivery is available. Please ring for a quote. We are also happy to deliver to any mainland port for export.
To view over 70 detailed photographs of this car please visit our web site, http://www.aceclassiccars.com