1904 STAR 7hp TWIN-CYLINDER TWO-SEATER - BONHAMS AUCTIONS THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON SALE Friday 2nd November 2018 New Bond Street, London
THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON SALE
Friday 2nd November 2018
New Bond Street, London
1904 STAR 7hp TWIN-CYLINDER TWO-SEATER
Registration no. LC 3578
Chassis no. 1064
*Rare British quality make
*Many-time London to Brighton participant
*Present ownership for circa 24 years
*Believed last used in 2001
*Recently started and run
One of Britain's top six motor manufacturers prior to World War One, the Wolverhampton-based Star Motor Company produced its first automobile in 1898. A close neighbour of Sunbeam, the company had been founded by Edward Lisle Sr, proprietor of the Star Cycle Company that would later build its own Starling cars under the guidance of his son, Edward Jr. Star's first automobile was a built-under-license Benz, though it was manufactured entirely in Wolverhampton, which remained in production into 1902. The basic Benz design was to influence car production for some 15 years from 1885 to 1900 until the arrival of the new SystèmePanhard and De Dion-Bouton's fast revving vertical engines sounded its death knell.
Progressing from that first single-cylinder 3½hp Benz-based design, Star added twin-cylinder and four-cylinder cars to a diverse and expanding range of De Dion, Panhard, and Mercedes types. The first Panhard-type Star - a 1.1-litre, 7hp, twin-cylinder design - was introduced around 1900, and the 7hp model would continue to be a fixture of the range for the next seven or so years, though the bore, stroke, and cubic capacity changed on an almost yearly basis. Well specified and easy to use, these 7hp Stars were positioned towards the top end of the market, is priced at £320 - £20 cheaper than the equivalent Panhard but considerably more expensive than the comparable Darracq. Although technically un-adventurous in its early years, Star built up a deserved reputation for building luxuriously appointed and well-constructed cars, aided by the fact that it made most of its parts, chassis frames excepted, in-house.
An example of Star's final 7hp model, this car is powered by a 1.4-litre Panhard-type twin-cylinder engine. The accompanying history file contains a V5 registration document and a copy VCC dating certificate (No. 1130) issued on 7th February 1968, noting a B&B carburettor and a replica body and mudguards as major modifications. It also contains records of the following London-Brighton Veteran Car Run entries:
1988 - Mrs. Edna Woollett
1989 - Mrs. Edna Woollett (driver listed as B Hollamby)
1990 - Martin Sargeant
1991 - B R Hollamby
1992 - Barry Bowyer
1993 - Graham Hollamby
It has been suggested that the vendor's late uncle purchased the car in 1994 and that it possibly last took part in the LBVCR in 2001 while in his ownership. Kept in storage since then, the Star has recently been started and run.
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