1925 Vauxhall 30-98 Velox Tourer
1925 Vauxhall 30-98 Velox Tourer
- Owned and campaigned by 30-98 guru Arthur Archer for many years.
- Desirable OE example.
- Exceptional condition throughout.
- Thoroughly serviced by Archer 500 miles ago in November 2012.
The Vauxhall 30-98 was designed by Laurence Pomeroy, one of the most significant automotive engineers of the vintage period, whose tenure at Vauxhall as their chief engineer saw the production of many wonderful cars and engines. He started his time at the Luton based factory with a remit to develop the engine of their current 20 h.p. car which he did in some style by designing a L – head and better breathing which transformed the car’s output to almost 40 h.p.! With this success he was soon running the engineering department.
From here he went on to design the Y-Type, the A-type, the Prince Henry, D-type and the E-Type. The E-Type (more commonly known as the 30 -98) was based on a Prince Henry chassis and had a 4.5 lt. engine with side valves, working via a multi-plate clutch to a four-speed gearbox and a straight-cut bevel rear axle. The braking system consists of a foot-operated transmission brake and a handbrake operating on the two rear drums, the front wheels being un-braked. This was then clothed in the factory built Velox tourer coachwork (others were available) which made for a fabulous, light weight sports tourer with 90 h.p. and capable of 85 mph.
In 1922 this design was upgraded to over head valves, a removable cylinder heads and the capacity was reduced slightly to 4225cc. These changes increased the power output to 115h.p. and the factory would guarantee a performance of 100mph in stripped down form. In total 313 OEs were produced between 1922 and 1928, when production ceased.
The car we have on offer here is a wonderful 1925 example of the later OE model, which was register in Leeds on the 27th of July that year. The early history of this car is unknown until it was purchased from Mr Eclin Molyneux as a rolling chassis by the respected restorer Arthur Archer in 1949. At the time it is recorded that it came complete with front and rear axels, gearbox, steering box, steering column with wheel, handbrake, gear lever, pedal assembly, drivers seat, radiator, a rear wing and wheels. It was fitted with an earlier side value engine from E344. Arthur had the car deliver by train and he set straight about restoring the car at his father’s premises in Dunmow, Essex. The car was stripped and chassis OE250 was refurbished before having a Mann Egerton body put on it from chassis E312.
Arthur then used the car for a number of years to compete in events such as the Bisley rally, the Welsh Trail and Prescott until his father’s death in 1953. Hereafter, he was required to spend more time with the business and the 30-98 became used mainly for road use only. At this time he also purchased engine OE244 (just 6 digits removed from the car’s original) for UM 2060, as it was of the correct balanced crank type. The car was then laid up in 1970 with the intention of fitting the new engine in the car.
In July 1984 Arthur sold the car to Mr P. Dixon and at the new owners request, comprehensively rebuilt the car with the new / correct type engine. At this time the Mann Egerton body was removed from OE250 and returned to Chassis E312. Steve Penny was commissioned to build a replica Velox body that is of exceptional quality and John Foy completed the interior and upholstering to an exacting standard.
Mr Dixon owned the car for 27 years using the car as a tourer and competing in 3 Welsh trials as well as various other events.
OE250 is in exceptional condition and is ready to be used and enjoyed at VSCC events, international rallies or just fabulous fast road use.