That never happened – one reason it has remained so remarkably original and complete – and it was put into storage instead. It’s said that every few months between 1940 and her death in 1991, Captain Dunn’s widow would tip some oil into the cylinder bores and turn the engine over.
The practice paid off, for despite being off the road for 50 years, when Bonhams replaced the old oil and petrol and fitted a new battery, the six-cylinder engine started “within one turn of the starter and has run sweetly ever since”.
American power, English craftsmanship, total originality, useable condition and completely unique – if this isn’t doing what it was designed to do at Revival next year we will want to know why. Guide price: £30-40,000.