1925 Vauxhall 30/98

Wensum

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1925
  • Mileage 
    535 mi / 861 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    OE207
  • Engine number 
    OE209
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Interior brand colour 
    Maroon
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Ex. E.L. Meeson, R.J. Munday, Brooklands Gold Star winning 30/98 Wensum.

This exceptional motor car, one of only a dozen or so delivered new with the most desirable and dramatic Wensum coachwork, was raced with great success at Brooklands in the hands of its first owner, E.L. Meeson, who continuously developed it over a number of years, culminating in a lap of 109.4mph at the 1927 Whitsun BARC meeting, breaking the 14 year old Vauxhall record set by the work's single seater in 1913.

In 1928 the car was sold to R.J. Munday who went on to compete until 1933 with the car, continuing its development even further. The pinnacle of his achievements was victory in the race for the Brooklands Gold Star at the Whitsun meeting in 1932 where the car completed two laps at over 114mph - the fastest laps ever achieved by a 30/98.

In 1938 the car was purchased by motoring writer Bunny Tubbs who took the car to France the following year to follow the Lagonda Works Team at Le Mans. He continued his French travels after the race but whilst staying between Nice and Marseille the car dropped a valve. He left the car with a local garage to carry out repairs whilst he returned to England, confident that all the talk of war would lead to nothing. This was August 1939.... Miraculously the car survived the hostilities and Tubbs re-patriated it after the war and it was sold to one D. Richmond in 1946. The next owner was R.H. Cardew who owned the car from 1948 to 1969 when it was purchased by enthusiastic VSCC member and keen 30/98 exponent John Rowley, who's family kept it until 2001.

In 2001 the car was purchased by its last owner, Guy Black, a well known vintage car and aircraft restorer. His father had owned another famous Wensum-bodied 30/98 ( chassis no. OE183 - recently sold for well over £1million ) and Guy wished to re-live some of his childhood memories. Over the following 10 years the painstaking restoration was completed by Mr. Black and another renowned 30/98 specialist: Arthur Archer. The result is an outstanding vintage tourer with stunning performance - during the engine rebuild the opportunity was taken to increase the capacity to around 4 1/2 litres (as it had been whilst racing at Brooklands) and the motor was built with all steel internal parts. As a finishing touch a custom-built hood frame and top were fabricated to enable some weather protection. The car is accompanied by a substantial history file including period photographs from its Brooklands days and technical details of the restoration. The way this car drives is a real eye-opener to the joys of the 30/98.