1927 927 Citroen Model B12 RHD British assembled For Sale
1927 Citroen Model B12 RHD British assembled in Brook House Hammersmith London for sale.
This car was supplied new by Cann, Medland & Co, Garage in Bude, Cornwall. It was first registered on the 29th of April 1927 to a Mr Hoskin of Kilkhampton, Devon. He owned the car for approximately 30 years, until his daughter took the car out one night and got it stuck on a snow drift, subsequently cracking the gearbox.
Mr Hoskin then bought a new Citroen Light 15 from Cann & Medland and this car went to Orchards scrap yard, new Holsworthy. The next owner, Mr Hugo Hodge, who was then very young and very enthusiastic, had been looking for a vintage car and managed to convince his mother to let him have the £15 to save the car from destruction. He purchased it and had it delivered to his home in Bratton Clovelly in November 1955. After trying to get the gearbox casing welded, which was going to be too expensive, he managed to locate a gearbox casing in London from a Mr Greer, who was a great Citroen fan and he sent a gearbox casing down from London by rail to Okehampton Station for the princely sum of £7-10 shillings.
By the time the car was fixed the young Hugo could learn to drive the car in 1956 during the Suez Crisis only having to display “L” plates and be unaccompanied. Hugo passed his test at the age of 17 at the first attempt in Launceston. The examiner was very impressed with the car in its then new coat of hand painted blue. Hugo got a job in Exeter and used the car to travel from his home in Bratton Clovelly and later did thousands of miles in the car as a radio and TV engineer covering Exeter, Torquay, Taunton and Yeovil and he cannot remember the car breaking down, apart from running out of petrol.
The next entry in the continuation log book is in 1966 to Okehampton Motors Ltd from where a Mr Johnny Hodgkinson a St. Austell car dealer who lived at Boscundle Manor acquired the car. The car was then traded to Mr Rodney William and Mr David Toms the proprietors of Hayle Garage. From there in 1972 the car was purchased by the late Mr George Hawkins of Wadebridge, where it spent many years in his Museum.
After the contents of the Museum were sold at auction in 1979, RL 5564 was purchased by Mr Graham Vincent of Bodelva, who over a long period restored the chassis, body work, re-upholstered the interior and had it professionally re-sprayed but due to other interests he stored the car unused and untouched for over 20 years.
The current owner, a retired engineer, then purchased the car and re-commissioned it back on the road including 5 new tyres, new battery, speedometer drive, steering joints, valves ground and new piston rings, new wiring loom and completely re-wound Magneto.
Please note that I am advertising this for a friend who does not have internet access. I have taken the photographs for him and as a treat enjoyed a thoroughly enjoyable ride on the road! Please telephone him direct
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