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For Sale: 1926 Vauxhall 14/40
in Tandridge, United Kingdom

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Up to the latter part of the 1920’s Vauxhall was rightly considered to be a high quality manufacturer which produced the powerful D Type touring cars and 30/98 sporting machines. In 1922 they extended their range with the new smaller 2.3 litre 14/40 which sold for about £750 compared to £1,100 for the D Type and £1,200 for the 30/98. This put it at roughly the same price as a Sunbeam 14 making it a fair bit more expensive than other well regarded similar size cars such as Austin 12s and three or four times the price of the contemporary Model T Ford! General Motors acquired Vauxhall in 1925 clearly recognising that the Luton plant’s traditional way of doing things had to change if the business was to survive. They certainly pulled the company round starting with their new 20/60 six cylinder range priced at £475 but there is no doubt that the new cars were different and the 14/40 was definitely one of the last of the old school Vauxhalls. What immediately strikes you about this late LM model is its light elegant two seat plus dickey Melton coachwork and the car's obviously high build quality. Close inspection shows that it is in very good sound condition with nicely painted dent free bodywork, good brightwork and smart upholstery. It is also mechanically good as during the current owner’s tenure the 2.3 litre four cylinder side valve engine has been thoroughly checked and found to be in good order and has a new head gasket and a Tufnell timing gear, the gearbox has been extensively reconditioned and the back axle has a new crown wheel and pinion. It sits on four new wheels with new wheel splines and new wheel bearings all round. The brakes have also been overhauled as have the front springs. The engine starts very readily, the clutch is smooth, the four speed gearbox is easy to use, the steering is direct but light to use and the four wheel brakes work well. A 14/40 is obviously not a 30/98 but the engine pulls well and the car drives very nicely and bowls along very well with the engine developing a surprising amount of low down torque so you don’t have to spend all your time changing gear. This particular model has been owned for the last five years by a keen rally driver who likes to use his cars which is one of the reasons why it has been so well maintained and also explains the seatbelts and the Brantz tripmeter you might just see on the left of the dashboard (both of these items are removeable if you wish). In 2009 he rallied it through Tunisia, Libya and Egypt and has also used it on the very testing Flying Scotsman rally. All in all it is a lovely sporting vintage tourer which looks just right and goes as well as it looks. I don’t think you will find many other English vintage cars which are such good value for money.

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