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Monday 1 July 2019

1929 DENNIS 30cwt FLATBED - BRIGHTWELLS AUCTIONS Leominster Classic Motoring Auction Centre Wednesday 10th July 2019

Leominster Classic Motoring
Auction Centre
Wednesday 10th July 2019

Free Viewing, 9.00am - 7.00pm on Tuesday 9th July 2019 
and on the day of the sale.

 Lot No.125
Registration Date 1929
Make & Model Dennis 30 CWT Flatbed
Colour Blue and Red
Registration Number MW 5953
Chassis No. 55426
Engine size 3,140 cc
Engine No. 34135
Documents V5C
Estimate £10,000 - £15,000 
 Dennis Brothers was one of the UKs earliest car manufacturers producing their first  motorised vehicle in 1898. It was a tricycle fitted with a single cylinder De Dion engine. This was followed by other motorised vehicles with the first proper car being built in 1901.  By 1904, having had little success in car manufacturing, they moved into the production of commercial vehicles with their first, a 1904 15cwt van being supplied to Harrods. By 1908 they were well established with good sales of buses and fire engines, and employed over 400 workers at their factory in Guildford, Surrey. 
During the First World war they produced over 7,000 three ton trucks for military use. Subsequently post war there was a glut of used trucks available and sales fell, and they branched into other municipal vehicles such as dustcarts and road sweepers.
The 1929 30cwt Flat Bed offered here started life with Trowbridge Dairies in Wiltshire. Later an exhibit at Dargate Museum in Kent it was then used as a promotional vehicle for Red Lion Breweries. Subsequently it was bought by Borough Green Sawmills in 1998, and successfully completed the London to Brighton Run in 2006, 2008 and 2010 with photographs in the history folder.
For a 90 year old vehicle the history file is a tad thin, bit we assume no one bothered keeping records of a working vehicle. The restoration seems to have taken place before its life as a promo vehicle for Red Lion Breweries and its in overall excellent condition as can be seen from the photographs. The Vendor says it starts easily with good oil pressure, although we haven’t heard it running.
There are 11 old MoTs on file, and the DVLA lists it has having had just two registered keepers. Now offered due to lack of use it would be a shame to see it in a museum, and it deserves to out and earning money. Its blue paintwork is just begging to be sign written once again!


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