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1922 Calthorpe all weather deluxe tourer


1922 Calthorpe all weather deluxe tourer 10.4 hp - 4th March 2017 SOLD FOR £17,300

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Registration number CN 1472. Chassis number 6598. Engine number 5500. Body number 3099. The car passed its first MOT on the 17th February 1988 when the odometer read 9

Registration number CN 1472.

Chassis number 6598.

Engine number 5500.

Body number 3099.

CN 1472 was first registered in Gateshead on the 7th April 1922 to a Percy Edward Elliott and was last road registered in the December of 1928 in Gateshead. Some sixty years later David Naylor purchased an ex council building in Burniston, north of Scarborough and during the clearing of the site came across a partly dismantled car with the remains in boxed around the shell. He contacted the council who said it was his responsibility now He then researched the Calthorpe and started a painstaking restoration during 1986/7. The chassis and bodywork were in remarkable condition and one part of the Michelin disc wheels needed to be repaired and of course the engine and drivetrain received a complete overhaul as did the Brolt lighting circuit. A new interior and hood were manufactured and the car was painted period damson instead of the original Battleship Grey.

Of particular note on this particular car is the very rare 50mph Bonniksen isochronous speedometer by Rotherhams of Coventry. The isochronous speedometer was first patented in 1912 by its inventor Bahne Bonniksen. Bonniksen (1835-1935) was a Danish horologist who came to England as a young man to learn his trade. He was a watchmaker of considerable talent and is most famous for having invented the 'Karussel' mechanism in 1912, it likewise revolutionised the accuracy of the speedometer due to the clock-type movement at its heart. Sometime between 1916 and 1919 Bonniksen sold the rights to his speedometer to Rotherhams of Coventry - a successful watchmaking company.

Another interesting feature is the period AA badge, which was issued to motorcars in the month of May-June 1914 presumably the first owners club.

The car passed its first MOT on the 17th February 1988 when the odometer read 9,197; presumably the original mileage and the following year it had risen to 9,464. It was then laid up again until purchased by our vendor (the third owner!) on the 1st June 2010 who recommissioned her and she was MOT'd again with a mileage of 9,584; used sparing over the last years it has now risen to 9,590.

She is sold with the original RF60, a V5C, three old MOT's, three bound books that contain copies of period publications relating to Calthorpes, notes and photographs taken during the restoration, and sundry other literature. This is a rare opportunity to purchase what is believed to be the only example of this model in existence and there are less than ten Calthorpe cars thought to exist.