Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton
Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO17 8JB
- Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm
- Sunday: 10am-4pm
- Closed Saturday
1938 Lanchester Eleven
A true motoring pioneer, Frederick Lanchester was responsible for launching Britain's very first petrol driven four-wheeler in 1895. Although sometimes dismissed as a badge engineered Daimler, the 1930's Lanchester retained their own character and benefited from an impressive engineering pool that included such luminaries as Laurence Pomeroy. The Lanchester 11 H.P was launched in 1936 and was based round a ladder chassis equipped with all round leaf sprung suspension and four wheel brake drums. The Lanchester is powered by a smooth 1444c OHV four cylinder engine allied to the four speed pre-selector gearbox that still shifts through the gears smoothly.
This lovely relaxed and refined Lanchester was said to have been owned by a Daimler Main Agent for over 30 years, and this would explain why the car has been so well looked after. The original leather is in excellent order, and the running of the car is beautiful. The inside even smells like it did when new, a real time warp. The carpets have been replaced at some point, as well as the headlining. The engine has been overhauled by the previous keeper, and does run superbly. The elegant four light sports saloon body by Mulliners of Birmingham is beautiful, and the car has stunning paintwork. This would make an ideal enthusiasts car, or could be put immediately into wedding work.