1933 Vale Special 2-Seater
(1 of just 52 examples produced, Fascinating Provenance)
Oxford Blue with Black trim
1 of just 52 examples produced by the Vale Motor Co of Maida Vale, London and now believed to be just 1 of just 5 running examples in existence !
Chassis VS313 was originally supplied to Edmund Lind Du Thon Peters of Merston Manor, Merstone on the Isle of Wight by Vale agent Wright Motors of Ryde, Isle of Wright on the 25th March 1933 and issued the registration number DL 8323, Equipped with Double strength valve springs, Twin 1 1/8” SU carbs, Four branch manifold, Larger sump, Cast alloy dash, Brooklands steering wheel, Temperature gauge, Rudge wheels with Brooklands hub caps, Quick release fuel filler cap and Super power Bi-flex headlamps. The Vale was later purchased by Norah Riley of Tower House, Hill Wootton, Warwick (Wife of William Percy Riley, Founder of Riley Car Co), In September 1952 the Vale was sold to Garage Proprietor David Osbourne of Messrs Osbourne’s Service Garage, Kenilworth who displayed the Vale in his garage showroom for some 45 years, When Mr Osbourne decided to retire and sell the garage he placed an advert in the Coventry Evening Telegraph in January 1997, Local man Mr Burden instantly recognised the car he had admired for many years through the glass of the showroom and so duly purchased the Vale
DL 8323 is complete with a wonderful provenance including its original buff logbook, Current V5C logbook, Useful Vale Special technical information and is listed in The holy bible book on Vales ‘Ave Atque Vale’ written by Dave Cox
DL 8323 has been off the road for several years however the last owner would periodically run the engine up and drive around his residence (last done circa 3 years ago prior to his passing) and therefore the Vale now requires some light re-commissioning – This is very much an example that someone will enjoy going through mechanically and using ‘as is’
An exceptionally rare motorcar with a wonderful provenance – A very rare opportunity indeed
VALE MOTOR Co HISTORY:
The Vale Motor Company was established in 1931 by Pownoll Pellew (9th Viscount Exmouth) as a ‘gentleman’s hobby’ in a rented workshop behind “The Warrington” pub in Maida Vale. It was initially funded by Pellew (helped by his mother and his actress girlfriend Kay Walsh) and his two business partners Allan Gaspar (with help from his bank manager father), and Robert Owen Wilcoxon (thanks to early film proceeds of his film actor brother Henry Wilcoxon). It was Henry who designed the striking Vale Motor Co. badge. E.A. (Ted) Halford was hired as the senior mechanic (Years later, Ted joined another company, becoming the ‘H’ in H.R.G,), The cars were handmade and based on Triumph Motor Company components, Production ran from 1932 to 1935, The cars used the 832 cc side-valve engine with a 4-speed gearbox from the Triumph Super 7 fitted to a chassis bought in from Rubery Owen, Semi-elliptic leaf springs all round, and the hydraulic Lockheed brakes and axles from the Triumph, The 2 seater open bodywork was made of a light steel framework clad with heavy gauge aluminum paneling with cutaway doors, A vertically placed 11 gallon fuel tank which is housed in the tail section with the spare wheel neatly recessed at the rear, The front cycle wings turn with the wheel mirroring the contemporary Aston martin International, Other interesting features to this unique car were a quick release radiator and petrol filler caps, fold flat windscreen and a Brooklands steering wheel. Early examples originally sold for £197, A well known fact that racing improves the brand and promotes the product, the Vale Company entered factory cars for various Brooklands Time Trials during 1933 lapping consistently at over 70 mph. One owner even entered an example in the 1934 Monte Carlo Rally.