One of the lost 4.3 Litre cars. 4.3 Litre SA Freestone & Webb Saloon, chassis 13164, finished in Beverley Blue with Gold hairlines and Cinnamon coloured hide was an Olympia Show Car on the Freestone & Webb stand. Despatched from the Works to J. Smith & Co., Ltd., 27-28 Albemarle Street, Picadilly, W.1. Registered EJJ 663 by the London County Council sometime after September 1937. The first owner, on 7 October 1937, was A. C. Grimshaw of Garth, Nr. Dolgelly, Merioneth. Last Heard Of, by me, with R. R. John Champion of Kings Lynn, Norfolk, circa 1963.
There is hope that EJJ 663 will resurface. Circa 1992 it was reportedly seen in the barn of a collector, with its Freestone & Webb Saloon body intact.
Another 4.3 Litre mystery.
4.3 Litre SA Vanden Plas Pillarless Saloon, chassis 13163, finished in Blue Pearl Essence with Beige Leather, an Olympia Show car on the Vanden Plas stand, despatched on 31 October 1936 to Anglo African Shipping Co. of London.
Chassis 13163 is believed to have been registered EML 461, issued by the Middlesex County Council between September and December 1936.
Clive Hutchinson told me Stan Pollard acquired EML 461 from South Africa.
Along the way EML 461 received a number of modifications to modernize its appearance. In the two photos I have seen the basic pillarless saloon body appears to be unchanged. The front wings have been modified and extended to meet the rear wings, rear spats have been added, the headlamps have been enclosed and a splash pan has been added between the front bumper and body.
The reportedly intact chassis of EML 461 is believed to have last been heard of with Walter T. Scott of Bolton, Lancashire, circa 1983.
It appears that the histories, documents and possibly some parts of chassis 13163 and 13167 may have been mixed at some time. They may both have been in the hands of Stan Pollard. If so, that may have been where the mixing took place.
EML 461, possibly now on chassis 13167, has a 4 door tourer body by Comptons of Welshpool.
1. Where and with whom did 13163 spend its time in Africa?
2. When, why and by whom was the body modified?
3. When, why and by whom was the body discarded?
4. If components of chassis 13163 and 13167 were combined, when, why and by whom?
4.3 Litre SB Windovers Saloon 14804, ERW 780, finished in Jewelescence Pearl with Special Red Leather. A one off body ordered by the original owner, John Wormell a roofing contractor of Berkswell, Warwickshire
A period photo, circa 1938, of 4.3 Litre SC Offord short chassis Drophead Coupe 14333, DOM 655. I have two copies of the photo, one from Ernest Shenton, the other via Mike Cummins and Dave Culshaw, reportedly supplied by a former M. D. of Galts of Glasgow. Written on the back of one is “J. R. Weir + Gerald Kafferata + his 4.3”. 4.3 Litre 14333, originally “Black. upholstery – Red leather as pattern approved by client”, was despatched from the Alvis Works on 12 November 1937 to Patrick Motors, Ltd., Bristol Road, Birmingham. The original owner, also on 12 November 1937, was G. W. Cafferata, “Fairways” Radcliffe on Trent, Notts. % Messrs. Cafferata & Co., Ltd., Newark on Trent, Notts.
We know from 1992 correspondence between Bernard Nield and George Roy, son of James Roy, that in 1939 DOM 655 passed through the hands of James Roy, an Austin dealer in Edinburgh for over 30 years, who dealt extensively in nearly-new British, Continental and American quality cars. It was sold to a Mr. Gerald Cree of Balermo, a suburb of Edinburgh. Somehow DOM 655 later found its way to South Africa. In the early 1980s it was with Selby James Cunningham of Johannesburg. Back in England in the late 1980s, in a Cambridgeshire collection, later in Germany where the current photo was taken, see below and http://www.vimeo.com/51826142
The three photos (below) from Joseph Santos-Fernandes are of 4.3 Litre SC Vanden Plas 3685 short chassis Razor Edge Saloon 14969 15354 20239 BD 11 12 despatched 11 October 1939 to Fernando E. S. Moniz Galvao, Ruacomercio 107, Lisbon, Portugal, the original owner and now still in Portugal with Louis Manuel C. Sousa Riberiro.
14969 currently with Louis Manuel C. Sousa Riberiro