Offord

An enquiry by the latest owner of one of the only three Speed 25s with coachwork by Offord was answered by Wayne Brooks with a comprehensive list of both these and the 4.3 litre cars :

There were eleven 4.3 Litre chassis bodied by Offord & Sons, plus two built by Carlton Carriage to Offord designs: There were eleven 4.3 Litre chassis bodied by Offord & Sons, plus two built by Carlton Carriage to Offord designs:

4.3 Litre SA Offord Dhc 13158, CYX 658, the 1936 Olympia show car.  First owner, Sir George Stanley White Bt. of  The Bristol Aeroplane, Co..  Believed taken at White family home in Rudgeway, South Gloucestershire.  Last heard of with M. D. Dye, 14 Comiston Road, Muswell Hill, London N.10 circa 1959.

4.3 Litre SA Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 13178, BRM 958, Dark Blue with Grey leather, consigned to Bonhams Goodwood Auction, 29 March 2020 4.3 Litre SA Carlton Carriage Drophead Coupé, chassis 13646, CVP 537, Dark Blue with Grey leather, last heard of, by me, in 1966

13646 4.3 Carlton CVP 537

4.3 Litre SA Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 14316, DYW 68, Dark Blue with Grey leather, survives in Teignmouth

This Offord Dhc is the ex Arnold Lees 4.3 Litre 14316, DYW 68 (see SWISS TOURS). The original owner was Brian McIlwraith McGowan of 10 Victoria Road, London W.8. Just prior to the war it is believed to have been with Capt. A. C. Dick of Tonbridge. After Arnold Lees it went, circa 1959, to W. W. B. Sroner of Chelmsford and circa 1962 to Ed Norris of Cambridge. After his death it was advertised by Clink in March 1989. Then to Diana Russell of Vintage Racing Cars who sold it to Col. Phil Adair.

4.3 Litre SC Offord & Sons s/c Drophead Coupé, chassis 14333, DOM  655, Black with Red leather, survives in Germany

4.3 Litre SA Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 14338, EWA 255, Grey, last heard of, by me, in 1937

4.3 Litre SA Offord & Sons 4 Door Convertible Saloon, chassis 14343, FGW 409, Blue with Silver leather, last heard of, by me, for sale with Vintage & Prestige in March 2019

14343 4.3 litre Offord FGW 409

4.3 Litre SA Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 14345, EWJ 411, Chianti Red Grey Wings with Brown leather, last heard of, by me, in 1938

4.3 Litre SB Offord & Sons 4 Door Tourer, chassis 14800, FLY 1 / FLY 803 / ALA 797A /  84 FLY, Black & White with Fawn leather, survives in Stourport on Severn

4.3 Litre SB Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 14803, DRW 361, Dark Blue  Black Wings Dark Blue leather, Survives in Pulborough

Period photos of 4.3 Litre SB Offord Drophead Coupe, 14803, DRW 361, circa 1941- 1946, when owned by Leonard J. “Leo” Joseland, supplied, via Greg Wrapson, by Mark Joseland, archivist and former Secretary of the Midland Automobile Club. Leonard Joseland, Mark’s father, was the brother of Charles Percy Joseland, an early employee of T G John Ltd. The car was in use throughout the War, as Mark’s father had an essential user’s petrol ration. After the War, the car was returned to Alvis to be refurbished as new, but the size of the bill prompted him to sell it.
Scott Greenhalgh & Baddy Walker drove DRW 361 on the Peking to Paris rally in 2010

4.3 Litre SB Carlton Carriage Drophead Coupé, chassis 14832,  FXU 900 / ALV 100, Beverley Blue with Grey leather, Survives in Godstone4.3 Litre SB Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 14839, EDV 795, Black with Red leather, last heard of, by me, circa 2012, with the family of the deceased owner in Austria, Peter Bering was in contact with them

4.3 Litre SB Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 14840, ELB 1, Cobalt Blue with Silver leather, survives in Switzerland

Yves Honneger’s 4.3 Offord

From cars and photos I’ve seen none of the Offord bodied 4.3s were exactly the same.

In addition to Jens Roder’s car which has always been in Denmark (below) there are two other Speed 25s bodied by Offord:

14423 Speed 25 Offord

Speed 25 SB Offord & Sons Drophead Coupé, chassis 13659, DUL 60, Dove Grey with Blue leather, last confirmed information, abandoned in the south of France due to the German invasion

Speed 25 SC Offord & Sons 2 Seat Disappearing Hood Tourer, chassis 14557,  RTR 486, Dove Grey with Blue leather, Survives in Washington, DC see below: