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Sunbeam set a very high standard indeed in manufacture and contributed greatly to British prestige with innumerable racing successes under Louis Coatalen,one of the most famous designers of all time.Surviving examples are a reminder of the achievements of the Wolverhampton Company,one of the great names in motoring history.Good original closed versions of the Sunbeam are increasingly hard to find and this Sports Limousine,a 1931 25 hp model,is presented with spacious and comfortable bodywork by Weymann.Lightweight in construction ,and fabric covered,the Weymann body enjoyed a considerable and well-deserved vogue between the wars.This Sports Limousine was supplied when new by Pass & Joyce to the home of Luke G Hansard,of Parliamentry Journal fame.The Sunbeam completed 2 'Grand Tours ' in its first ownership and since 1933 has been maintained by the family-owned local garage of H. May (Ascot) Limited.Stored in the Hansard Stables at Ancaster Lodge towards the end of the owners life,it was his express wish that the father of the vendor,Henry May,should acquire the car,which was purchased by the garage in 1964.Following a film appearance and long-term showroom display,space demanded storage of the Sunbeam in the repair workshop.This 1930 built Sunbeam was the original Olympia show car and is still in original order throughout,is paintedgrey,with a sun-visor and 3 Stephen Grebel auxiliary lamps,1 centre mounted and 1 on each side of the windscreen pillars.The interior is upholstered in Tan leather and the footrests are carpet covered.A Veneered cabinet to the rear opens to reveal the fitted case,containing Siver-plated picnic accessories.A fitted 'Brooks ' trunk ,with cases to the rear ,and sliding tool trays each side of the bulkhead,are also featured.The coachbuilders plate is carried on both footsteps and the Weymann symbol-numbered 820-on the door post.A Pass & Joyce plaque is also affixed and a brass Sunbeam hand pump provided.A bespoke enclosed limousine,of known provenance,and fully deserving of the enthusiasm and caring attention of a future owner.In the first instance please call Mr Baker on 01202 746647 for full details.


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