Lot 261 - 1911 Vulcan 15.9hp
|Odometer reading||9,165 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £33,000|
|Result||Sold - £45,920|
Brothers Thomas and Joseph Hampson trading as Vulcan Motor Manufacturing and Trading built the first Vulcan car which was a 4hp single-cylinder belt-driven type in 1902. In 1903, this grew to 6.5hp and the wooden chassis was now 'armoured ash'. Twin-cylinder 1.5 litre models followed in 1904 with steel chassis and in 1905, 2 and then 3 litre, four-cylinder, pair-casted engines appeared and the company moved to bigger premises in Hawesside Street in Southport. Things kept growing and a van version of these cars came in 1906 along with a large 4.8 litre six-cylinder model, facilitating another move to even larger premises at Crossens, Southport and a change of company name to Vulcan Motor and Engineering. The six-cylinder model grew to 6 litres in 1908. In 1912, a new small car - the 10/12 of 1.8 litres with two-cylinder Aster engine - was added; the first use of a bought in engine. At the outbreak of World War I, the ranges consisted of the 2.4 litre four-cylinder 10/15, the 2.6 litre 15.9, the 3 litre 15/20 and the last of the old sixes, the 25/30. As a sign of things to come, a 30 cwt truck was also offered. During the war, the factory concentrated on munitions. In 1916, the Hampson brothers left the company and it was reformed as Vulcan Motor Engineering (1916) under the control of C.B. Wardman. In 1918, the company bought Southport F.C. which was renamed Southport Vulcan - becoming the first club to take a sponsor's name.
This 1911 Vulcan 15.9hp, two seat tourer with dicky seat, fitted with the 2 litre pair-cased engine, is presented in completely original condition although we are informed by a previous owner that in the 1970's he replaced the lights and added the bulb horn. Purchased by the vendor's husband in 1983, the car was only used a couple times a year going to local rallies in Lincolnshire. In 1985 he parked the Vulcan in the hallway of his house, for a day. 28 years later, on 18th September 2013, and with the aid of the vendor, we push the Vulcan out, onto the patio and then onto the trailer! This very rare and original Vulcan - it is believed that there are less than ten left in the world - still has the original grey coach paint, coachlined in gold, brown button back leather seating and fawn roof and side screens and from the old log books it can be seen that the car has had five owners from 1969. The Vulcan has been fully re-commissioned and serviced and the engine is now running as it did when it was new. This car is supplied with a V5C registration document, an old style 'buff' log book and other such papers. Due to the scarcity of Vulcan motor cars in the world, this is a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of British motoring history and an investment for the future.
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