How does a 1904 Vauxhall with 6hp cope with everyday life?
There are just a handful of folk alive who would have been babies in arms when this car was made, 111 years ago, at the Vauxhall Iron Works on Wandsworth Road in south London, by a company founded by Alexander Wilson, a talented Scottish marine engineer.
So it’s a survivor, this Vauxhall 6HP, of two world wars, a company move to Luton and the vicissitudes of fortune and fashion.
In 1925 it was squirrelled away at the house of Vauxhall director Percy Kidner, just in case General Motors, Vauxhall’s new owner, saw it as an asset to sell. It was restored in the Sixties and had extensive front-end work a few years ago when Vauxhall’s managing director, Bill Parfitt, had to take avoiding action.