VINTAGE MOTORS

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* * * VINTAGE MOTORS Sir,

Sir, While much space, is quite rightly, devoted to ” Vintage” motors, very little is heard of that grand model from the factory of England’s only Grand Prix winning marque—Sunbeam. The type is, of course, the ” 3-litre sports.” The Bentley (all models) and the 30/98 Vauxhall seem to share all the admiration and attention of the ” lads.” While admitting their good points, I claim the

‘Beam is just a ” wee bit” better f To back up this, may I quote from “The Autocar ” April 21st, 1933—readers’ experience section. The car, built in 1927, was bought in January ’28 with 11,000 miles to its credit. At 44,000 miles the performance was :—At 3,8(X) r.p.m., 2nd 50 m.p.h., 3rd, 62; top 90. The maximum was 98 m.p.h. and the unit ran up to 4,400 r.p.m. quite happily. No acceleration figures ,Are given. Will the standard 3-litre Bentley do 98 ? The Sunbeam

has a wheelbase of 10 ft. 10ins, and a chassis weight of 26 cwt. Should any “8-litre ” owner live within reasonable distance of such a “

Cod-forsaken” hole as Woodford, I would like to get in touch with hint, via our obliging and hard-working friend, the editor. I am, Yours etc.,

H. PRATLEY. Woodford,

Essex.

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