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1937 Vauxhall 12/4 Series i (Rare Collectors Item) For Sale

1937 Vauxhall 12/4 Series i. The car is one of only 27 left in the world, of 9600 built pre and postwar (documented by the Vauxhall heritage group ). At its launch this car was packed with features that weren’t even available on cars double its price: *The first ever unitary construction all steel bodied car made in the UK *Original1442cc overhead valve engine *Hydraulic brakes *DuBonnet Independent torsion bar front suspension *Self cancelling ‘trafficators’ *Camshaft driven variable speed windscreen wipers The cars name is Vivien, named after Vivien Leigh of “Gone with the Wind” fame. Body identification symbols ‘ID’ indicates that she is an anomaly, all 12/4’s carried designation IA or IB indicating ‘Standard’ or ‘Deluxe’ respectively, this cars specs fall between the two. D meaning Development model, i.e. why it is 1937 on the papers while they didn't come out until 1938. The car was born in England, then exported to South Africa, and is back in the UK, with all UK tax & duty paid. Spec: 1937/8 Vauxhall 12/4 Series i Price new : Deluxe £198 Standard £189 (Specifications of this one fall in between the 2) 4 Cylinder 1442cc pushrod, overhead valve engine tax rated at 12hp (Develops 40BHP/30 [email protected]) 3 speed synchromesh gearbox Maximum speed when new 65-68 mph ( +/- 105 km/h) Hydraulic brakes Self-cancelling Trafficators All-steel integral body-chassis with “no draught ventilation”( First of its type in UK) Independent torsion bar front suspension Camshaft driven windscreen wipers Number produced pre and post war up to 1947: 9600 Mechanical work done: *Engine overhauled *Oil pump rebuilt *Water pump overhauled *Pistons engineered to take VW Golf 1100 piston rings, *Cylinder head re-engineered by *Gearbox overhauled with parts from UK *Differential overhauled *Clutch overhauled *Radiator re-cored *Carburettor overhauled The engine was re-assembled together with a qualified mechanic of 84 years of age, who is meticulous insisting on all studs, bolts, nuts, washers etc being pristine, correct and period. NOS gaskets imported from Germany fitted. Body & Cosmetic: *New period correct tyres fitted recently *Head lamp lenses from UK *Trafficator components from UK * Speedometer from NZ *Front suspension re-bushed and corrected Fuel: Unleaded with Wynns “Valve Guard”, ½ bottle to a tankful. Engine oil: SAE 40 with API rating no higher than SN Box of spare parts including hubcaps and various other bits and pieces. Original owners handbook, sales brochure and an owners service manual. She is extremely reliable.
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