Most common eras
Bonhams MPH
The Guard House, Bicester Heritage, Oxon
OX26 5HA
Tel:  01869623938
Visit WebsiteCar & Classic Premium Auctioneer
LIVE adverts (124)

1924 VAUXHALL 30-98 OE-TYPE VELOX TOURER For Sale by Auction

Bonhams Motor Cars are delighted to return to Goodwood for the 17th October auction during the Goodwood Speedweek event. PLEASE NOTE the event is not open to the public, and viewing of auction lots at Goodwood is available on Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th October by appointment only. To view more pictures and a video of each lot please click the link.


• Delivered new to Australia
• An older restoration
• Present ownership since 2007
• Extensively campaigned
• Registered in Germany

GBP200,000 - 250,000
€220,000 - 270,000

This is a most handsome example of what is considered by many knowledgeable enthusiasts to be the finest British sporting car of the Vintage period. Vauxhall 30-98 adherents will maintain that while Bentley generated greater publicity - thanks largely to their victories at Le Mans - the Vauxhall company (which raced at both Grand Prix and Tourist Trophy level before the Great War) had produced a car which could run rings around 3-Litre Bentleys on cross-country journeys.
Only a handful of cars were sold before the outbreak of WWI interrupted production, and when manufacture resumed in 1919, the model was given the designation 'E-Type'. Manufacture of the E-type ceased in September 1922 after 287 cars had been constructed; there was then a slight hiatus before its successor, the overhead-valve 'OE', commenced delivery in early 1923. Despite a reduction in capacity to 4.2 litres, the power of the OHV motor went up to 110bhp-plus, although this increase made little difference to the car's performance.
The OE was not to gain front-wheel brakes until late 1923, when a cable system was introduced. This was operated, along with the transmission brake, by the foot pedal. Hydraulic actuation of the front-wheel and transmission brakes was adopted in 1926. By the time the final batch of OE chassis had been completed in early 1927, there were few customers for the 30-98, the antiquity of the design telling against it when compared to the more refined competition from Bentley and Sunbeam. Total production of OEs numbered 312 cars. While some may argue that the E-Type was the last of the totally Pomeroy-designed cars, and is therefore for the purists, it is the OE that has become more sought after by enthusiasts over the years.
While the early history of 'OE 188' is not fully documented, the deep cut-out in the body has provided Australian historians with a clue as to the car's early history. The cut-out and the shape of the wings suggest that this is the car originally owned by F A Parles, a chemist from Campsie, New South Wales. The owner of the local theatre, Parles was a well-known personality in Campsie, and his efforts with Vauxhall 30-98s made him famous among local Vauxhall protagonists.
Entered in local speed events, Parles' cars were piloted by notable local drivers including J J O'Rourke and 'Wizard Smith': the former a garage owner who also had some success racing Bugattis of the period. The Parles-entered Vauxhall (or possibly Vauxhalls) were recognised as serious competitors. Perhaps the most notable performance of a 'Parles' Vauxhall was at the Gerringong Beach speed trials on the 9th May 1925 where O'Rourke piloted the 30-98 to win the 12-mile event and set the fastest time of any car in the heats. Period photographs of the 'Parles Vauxhall' taken while competing on a trial show a deep cut-out in the coachwork on the driver's side, although this is not featured on the image of the Parles car at Gerringong Beach in May 1925. It is quite possible that Parles further modified 'OE 188' at a later date. Sadly this information has been lost in the mists of time. What is clear is that 'OE 188' is one of a handful of matching-numbers Vauxhall 30/98s around the world that has in-period competition history. 'OE 188' is featured in Nic Portway's definitive book on the marque: Vauxhall 30-98, the Finest of Sporting Cars (pages 112, 114, 115 and 224) which confirms that the car was delivered to Australia with engine number 'OE 182'.
In the early 1970s 'OE 188', was purchased by Gunnar Sundell, father of the preceding owner, together with around five other Vauxhalls, from New South Wales Vauxhall guru, Ron Grant. Initially four were sold and two were retained: an E-Type 30-98 and this car. 'OE 188' was in a very sorry state when acquired and had never been restored. A deal was struck between Gunnar Sundell and Russ Herbert: in return for a 'parts car' (now known as 'Black Bess') Russ Herbert agreed to restore 'OE 188' for Gunnar Sundell. The original mechanical parts of the car together with the wings, bulkhead, bonnet, radiator, etc were restored and a new Velox-style body constructed to replace the worn-out original. The original body from 'OE 188' was later fitted to 'Black Bess'.
The current vendor purchased the Vauxhall at Bonhams & Goodman's sale at Melbourne, Victoria in December 2007, since when it has been used extensively on non-competitive touring rallies, some of which have been entered on numerous occasions. These include the Alpes Retro in southern France; Rally Mont Joly around Mont Blanc in the Chamonix area of France; Transappenninica in Italy; Gstaad Rally in Switzerland; Alpenfahrt in Germany/Austria/Italy; and the FIVA rallies in Slovakia and Poland.
Registered in Germany, the car has been kept in a heated garage when not in use and has a current German TüV. Described by the private vendor as mechanically and cosmetically in good condition, 'OE 188' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a most handsome example of what is considered by many knowledgeable enthusiasts to be the finest British sporting car of the Vintage period.

This advert has now been removed through sale or otherwise, please see the list below for similar live adverts
Year Make Description Price
1925 Vauxhall 1925 Vauxhall 30/98 OE Wensum For Sale £295,000
1921 Vauxhall 1921 Vauxhall 30/98 ‘E’ Type For Sale £169,950
1924 Vauxhall 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE-Type Velox Tourer For Sale by Auction £150,000
1928 Vauxhall 1928 Vauxhall 20/60 Fastback DHC with Dickey For Sale £75,000
1905 Vauxhall 1905 A very early and really rare Vauxhall For Sale £63,750
1992 Vauxhall 1992 Lotus Carlton For Sale £61,500
1928 Vauxhall 1928 Vauxhall 20/60 Open Tourer For Sale £46,500
1934 Vauxhall 1934 Vauxhall Holbrook Pendine Sport For Sale £45,000
2006 Vauxhall 2006 An Extremely Rare VXR500 - 14K Miles - Full History For Sale £39,995
1961 Vauxhall 1961 Vauxhall Cresta PA fast road/race car at ECLECTIC AUCTIONS For Sale £24,000
2009 Vauxhall 2009 Vauxhall VXR8 For Sale £23,995
2003 Vauxhall 2003 Pristine Vauxhall VX220 turbo For Sale £21,995
2002 Vauxhall 2002 VX220 Incredible low milage example For Sale £18,500
1938 Vauxhall 1938 Vauxhall 25 For Sale £18,000
1933 Vauxhall 1933 Vauxhall Cadet For Sale £18,000
2008 Vauxhall 2008 VAUXHALL VXR8 4 DOOR SALOON For Sale £17,995
2004 Vauxhall 2004 Vauxhall vx 220 turbo For Sale £17,995
2003 Vauxhall 2003 VAUXHALL VX220 ROADSTER JUST 32K MILES STUNNING - PX For Sale £16,995
1939 Vauxhall 1939 Vauxhall Model J 14/6 Holden Body For Sale £15,950
2008 Vauxhall 2008 VAUXHALL ASTRA VXR NURBURGRING For Sale £14,995
1962 Vauxhall 1962 Vauxhall cresta pa superb. Px ventora magnum? For Sale £14,995
1937 Vauxhall 1937 Vauxhall 10HP Holden Body Model For Sale £13,950
1955 Vauxhall 1955 Vauxhall Cresta For Sale £13,500