H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 120
Year : 1928
Engine Size : 2762cc
Colour : Grey
Interior : Grey
Registration No. : BF 4431
Chassis No. : R3212
Engine No. : Q59440P
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


This delightful 1928 Roadster appears to have spent most or all of its life in Australia before being repatriated and then UK registered in July 2007. The known history of this lovely vintage Vauxhall begins with a George Batten of Muwillumbah, New South Wales. It subsequently dwelt with a Ray Jurd in Redland Bay, Queensland, before being discovered in a Brisbane garage workshop in need of comprehensive restoration. Trevor Poulsen initially felt the task was beyond his ability, but later succumbed to the challenge and set to work in 1986 in concert with the garage's Bill Cardno.
The project was apparently completed before the Vauxhall arrived on these shores but, pretty much as soon as he acquired the vehicle in 2009, the vendor set about further improving 'BF 4431', and has invested £20,000 in the last six years to achieve its current very smart level of presentation. During 2009/2010, the bodywork was fully stripped and repainted in two-tone Grey, the engine thoroughly overhauled, and new clutch and starter installed. He now classes the bodywork, paintwork, Grey leather interior, six-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission as all being in 'very good' condition. The Roadster wears a Holden two-seater fastback body complete with dickey, and is similar to those found on Chevrolets and Pontiacs of the same era. It is believed the car is one of only three such 20/60s still in existence and the vendor is now offering it complete with V5C and Dating Certificate courtesy of The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain.
The 20/60 model was launched in 1928 and remained on sale until 1930. It was the biggest car the company had offered since the General Motors takeover of 1925, and was intended to appeal to customers needing more power and accommodation than was currently available from the Vauxhall stable.