This vehicle is not a recent import from the USA, but would appear to have been in the UK since new. Imported into the United Kingdom by Messrs Whitting Ltd, London , Sole Concessionaires and then subsequently sold through one of their distributors, Oakley Ltd of London.
The delivery of the vehicle in 1914 coincided with the outbreak of hostilities in Europe primarily between Great Britain and Germany, the upshot of this being that all private vehicles in Great Britian where compulsorily laid up for the duration. Consequently it was not possible to bring the vehicle into use until after the cessation of hostilities in 1918 when the restrictions were officially removed.
Mr A.E. Clive of East London was the original purchaser, who retained ownership of it until 1950. The vehicle changed hands to Mr Bendal of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Mr Bendal owned the car until 1975, at which time it passed to Mr Stevenson in Dorset.
Mr Stevenson unfortunately passed away in autumn of 1987, and the motor car was subsequently offered for sale through Sotheby’s in 1990 when it formed part of Mr Dixon’s collection.
Offered with a dating letter from the VSCC, and various correspondence with the Hupmobile club, this delightful Type 32 is highly original. With a photographic record of an engine rebuild conducted by the vendor, and with various unusual spares this would make a wonderful winter project. A good original veteran vehicle with a traceable four owners from new.
Estimate £8,000- 10,000