11th June 2011 Sale
Our June sale contained several interesting vehicles, but perhaps the most striking was a 1942, 2,500 gallon, AEC Fuel Bowser. It is one of two known to survive, and served the Dam Busting Bombers of Operation Chastise, 617 Squadron, at RAF Scampton in May 1943. It remained in military service until the 23rd November 1966. It is a rare survivor, and certainly commanded presence amongst the other lots at the sale. It now resides on the other side of the world, having sold for £27,500.
Other highlights of the sale included the 1927 Amilcar CGSs and the 1906 Renault 10/14hp AH Two seater.
The CGS Surbaissé was a more powerful, developed version of the very popular CGS (C Grand Sport). Released in 1926, the standard 1074cc, 30bhp side valve engine was tuned to push out a further 5bhp, giving the CGSs’s a top speed of over seventy miles per hour. The chassis was lower (Surbaissé translates as “low bodywork” or “low chassis”) and the entire car was much lighter. It also boasted a cast aluminium firewall, an enlarged sump, larger brakes, a revised camshaft and an uprated steering box. A contemporary account describes the CGSs as an enthusiast’s first racing car, which could be driven through the week and raced at the weekends, which indeed they were. Amilcars were popular at speed events and trials throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s. The CGSs was shipped to Germany, after selling for £39,000.
The Renault was in beautiful condition, with new leather and characterful patina. It featured a 2,120cc, four cylinder, side valve engine and a four speed gearbox. We were informed that the car had been in a private collection in Yorkshire for many years, and that the only modifications to the standard specification, was the fitment of a Claudel-Hobson carburettor and replacement valves. It had its Veteran Car Club dating certificate and a number of photos documenting the history of the vehicle through the 1940′s and 1950′s. The Renault has remained in this country, after being sold for £26,000