Car & Classic Dealer

Gavin McGuire

East Sussex

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Gavin McGuire

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  • Georgano’s excellent Complete Encyclopedia of Motor Cars tells us that car manufacturer Société des Anciens Établissements Georges Richard was founded in Paris suburb Ivry-Port in 1897. They initially made Benz-like voiturettes but by 1900 they had moved on to selling Brussels-built Vivinus cars under their own name. This 1901 two cylinder 8hp four seat car is a fine example of what they produced and it comes complete with its all-important Veteran Car Club dating certificate number 1899 which ...

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  • When a car comes in I usually spend happy hours reading its file to learn about its history and mechanical specification before I write my own description. However this lovely replica Austin 7 TT sports came with a text written by highly respected renowned old car engineer and restorer Walter Heale which is so lucid and informative that there is no point in me even trying to match it so I am delighted to say that Walter has kindly given me his permission to reproduce it below. "Based upon a 1931 ...

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  • I have said before that I like Austin Sevens whether they be original factory models or specials like this lovely Ulster replica which was bought in 2011 as a bodyless chassis complete with running gear, engine & gearbox. The file contains an interesting collection of invoices for components and services used in its construction including a Compound Curvatures high quality replica Ulster body with a new fuel tank and cycle wings. There are detailed invoices from PJS Classic and Racecars of ...

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  • The thing that surprises many people (including myself) when they first pilot a 1930s 320 series BMW is just how modern they feel when compared most other cars of the period. Given that the specification includes a very advanced engine design, independent front suspension, rack and pinion steering and very good hydraulic brakes then we should perhaps not be too taken aback by how well they drive. Whatever the reason there can be no doubt that their performance and handling is definitely a cut above ...

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  • The Jaguar C-Type, also known as the Jaguar XK120-C, is a sports racing car built by Jaguar between 1951 and 1953. The car used the mechanical components of the then current XK120 built into a lightweight tubular frame designed by William Heynes and wrapped in an aerodynamic aluminium body jointly developed by Heynes, Bob Knight and Malcolm Sayer. A total of 53 C-Types were built, most of which were sold to private owners many of whom were in the United States. Today an original Jaguar C Type ...

    Sussex
  • Before making their own car in 1914, Horace and John Dodge had built engines and transmissions for Ransome E. Old’s very successful Curved Dash Runabout and subsequently manufactured most of the components for Henry Ford’s early cars including the Model T. In 1913 they parted company with Ford who decided to bring all his production in-house so they set about designing their own high quality competitor to the Model T. They introduced it in 1914 as the Model 30 hp priced at $785 which was nearly ...

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  • The history of French and English cars bearing the Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq names is fascinating but too complicated to go into here. Suffice to say that when the group of companies which bore their names collapsed in 1935 the French operation Automobiles Talbot SA based in Suresnes was acquired by Italian engineer Major Antonio Franco Lago who is perhaps better known in the British motoring world as Tony Lago. Major Lago had previously been a director of Self Changing Gears Ltd which was owned ...

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  • Georgano’s invaluable Encyclopedia tells us that Emile Mors started manufacturing cars in Paris in 1895 and at the turn of the century had considerable success in motor racing as well as producing a range of very good road cars. In 1908 Mors was hit badly by a general depression and management of the business was taken over by Andre Citroen. Over time Mors was absorbed into his company with their name being finally dropped in 1956 by which time they were making motor scooters. This 12/15 hp ...

    Sussex
  • This lovely three cylinder chain drive 7/9hp Vauxhall, registration number AR861 with chassis and engine number 3CM36, is one of only a few surviving examples of the small number originally made. It also one of the earliest cars made after Vauxhall opened their works in Luton so is an important piece of English motoring history. My first impression was just how neat and uncluttered it looks when compared with many other early cars – the Vauxhall appears to be the work of a designer who not ...

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  • George Roesch's 6 cylinder 100 bhp 2,969 cc Talbot AV 105 was surely one of the most desirable English sporting cars of its time and they are rightly still very highly regarded for their performance and handling. According to Clement Talbot’s records this car (number 35212) was delivered to Talbot dealer Warwick Wright in chassis form in 31st December 1932 and although we have no record of its original coachwork it now carries a replica of Vanden Plas’ sports tourer coachwork which was built ...

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  • The Lagonda M35 R was built only in 1935 to provide a bridge between the departing 3 litre model and the new Meadows 4 ½ litre engined M45 with its 3 ½ Litre six cylinder seven bearing crankshaft engine (number 2978) being a development of the previous 3 litre unit. The car used a Rapide chassis (in this case number Z11228) designed by Lagonda for the Meadows engine with the most obvious external difference to the 3 litre being much larger brake drums – this is a very useful feature as the 3 ...

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  • I have to start by saying that the only way to fully appreciate this car is to see it and go far a drive in it. Then you should take time to leaf through the four thick lever arch folders and the box file which make up one of the most comprehensive and informative sets of invoices, letters, photographs and other documents I have seen in connection with one single motor car! Fortunately I can send you a history of the car from its first appearance in 1932 which is summarised in a very informative ...

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  • Austin Sevens are deservedly popular and this lovely 1938 Ruby De Luxe is another good example of why they have such a strong following. It is on chassis number ARR 288498 and still wears its correct EOK662 registration number. We have what appears to be a comprehensive record of its ownership compiled by its last owner starting with its original buff card log book issued on 5th October 1938 which shows it first going to The Yenton Garage Co. Ltd. in Birmingham which I assume was an agent or a dealer ...

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  • If you want to know more about the history of Shay motor cars please Google ”Conceptcarz Shay Ford A” and you will get the whole story but in the meantime here is a very brief summary. In the late 1970s businessman Harry Shay struck a deal with Ford that allowed him to make modern day versions of their very successful 1920’s Model A. They would be sold through Ford’s US dealership network and, as they were built using Ford mechanical components including the four cylinder 2.3 litre overhead ...

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  • Maxwell started making cars in 1905 in Tarrytown in New York State and opened several branches and went through a number of organisation changes before consolidating their operation in Detroit around 1914. Their first car was a successful twin cylinder which was joined by a four cylinder car in 1906 with the range being extended over time to comprise three different four cylinder models and for a brief period they built a six cylinder car. However by the time this 25 hp four cylinder car was built ...

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  • There will be purists who believe that only “proper” pre-war Sunbeams or Talbots should bear those names but I think they might be very pleasantly surprised if they came to see this really rather magnificent Sunbeam Talbot 4 litre fast touring car which was built on the Humber Super Snipe chassis under the aegis of Rootes Ltd. It has a very torquey 6 cylinder side valve engine with an aluminium cylinder head which is reported to develop about 100 bhp at around 3,500 rpm combined with a four ...

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