Yorkshire-Built Motor Cars and Motorcycles for Harrogate Auction

Two Jowett motor cars, a 1924 Jowett 7hp Type C and a 1952 Jowett Javelin Saloon, which were both produced at the Bradford-based company’s headquarters in Idle, West Yorkshire, are to be sold by Bonhams in Harrogate on 17 November 2010. Part of the Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia sale, they have been estimated at £7,000 – 9,000 and £5,500 – 6,500 respectively.

The 1924 Jowett 7hp, marketed as ‘the little engine with a big pull’, was acquired by Jack Tattersall in 2008 from another well-known collector, Sir Ray Tindle. The 1952 Jowett Javelin Saloon caused a sensation when it was launched, though production ceased shortly before Jowett’s demise in 1954.

Another Yorkshire-built lot is a 1929 Scott 596cc Flying Squirrel, invented by Bradford-born Alfred Angas Scott and dispatched new from the Scott Motorcycle Works in Saltaire, Yorkshire to dealers Jordan & Co. of Kingston-upon-Hull. Estimated at £5,500 – 6,500, the ‘Flyer’, which was launched at the Olympia show in 1925, came in 498cc and 596cc capacities, the latter being the most expensive machine in the range.

A major part of the sale is the 42-strong collection of light cars and autocycles accumulated by the late collector, Jack Tattersall, which includes the 1924 Jowett 7hp Type C.

One of the highlights of Tattersall’s collection is a 1913 Adler 9hp 1.3-litre Kleinwagon two-seater, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £20,000 – 25,000. First registered in Huddersfield, the car was actively rallied during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, notably taking part in the Austin Golden Jubilee Rally in 1955. It was acquired by Tattersall at Bonhams London sale in December 2008, having stood unused for twenty-five years.

Another important lot in the Tattersall collection is a beautifully restored 1923 Amilcar 8hp CS Petit Sport (estimate £18,000 – 22,000), which was owned by an enthusiastic VSCC member before Tattersall bought it in 2008.

Elsewhere, the sale includes the 1949 Vauxhall L-Type Wyvern Taxi featured in the Yorkshire-based television series Heartbeat as the car owned by Scripps’ Garage proprietor, Bernie Scripps. Estimated at £5,500 – 6,000, it is offered fresh from recent restoration. The sale also boasts a vast array of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, including a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine (estimate £18,000 – 20,000), which once belonged to the noted bandleader, Henry Hall (1898-1989), who was the Director of the BBC Dance Orchestra; and a 1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon (estimate £22,000 – 24,000), which started life in Huddersfield and was acquired by its present owner in July 2005.


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