Lot 12

2020   |   Passion of a Lifetime

1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE-Type Wensum

SOLD £1,247,000


£800,000 - £1,200,000





Car Highlights

The Archetypal British Sports Car of the Vintage Period
Ultimate 30-98 OE-Type Chassis with Famous “Kidney Box” Braking System
One of Approximately 12 Examples Supplied with Ultra-Sporting
Wensum Coachwork
Well-Documented Provenance Dating Back to the Original Owner of 30 Years
Formerly Owned by Famed English Collectors Jack Broadhead and Reg Parker

Technical Specs

4,224 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Zenith Updraft Carburetor
112 HP at 3,400 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this lot is Swiss registered and has Swiss registration.the correct engine number is OE220.This 30-98,chassis OE183, was originally fitted with engine OE178, which was later replaced with OE148. Subsequently, OE148 was replaced with OE220.

Register to Bid

One of the ancient marques of motoring, Vauxhall’s history can be traced back to 1857, when Scottish engineer Alexander Wilson established a firm specializing in marine engines at the Vauxhall Iron Works. The first automobile to bear the Vauxhall name arrived in 1903; by the end of the decade, the firm was building a series of sporting models designed by a brilliant young engineer named Laurence Pomeroy. The most famous of these was the incomparable 30-98, which soon earned a reputation as England’s finest high-performance car. In 1922, Vauxhall comprehensively redesigned and updated the original E-Type 30-98, with the new cars renamed OE-Type. In all, just 313 examples of the revised overhead-valve OE-Type chassis were built, of which approximately 12 were delivered with the extremely sporting and elegant Wensum coachwork. This 30-98, chassis OE183, was completed in November 1924, originally fitted with engine OE178 (later replaced with OE148) and Wensum coachwork.

It also features the prettier “low radiator” design that distinguishes the earlier OE-Type models. First sold to John Black Esq. of Sussex, the Vauxhall remained in the hands of its original owner until the late 1950s, when it was sold to well-known sportsman Jack Broadhead. Completely restored in his ownership, the Wensum repeatedly won the VSCC Oulton Park Concours and was featured in the Profile Publications issue on the Vauxhall 30-98. Later owned by famed collector Reg Parker and described by historian Nic Portway as an “exemplary Wensum,” OE183 is arguably the finest surviving example of the legendary OE-Type 30-98.

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