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Lot 092: Star 14/40

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Founded by the Lisle family of Wolverhampton in 1898, the Star Motor Company is largely forgotten today but was a major force in the British car industry before the First World War with more than 30 different models on offer with engines ranging from 6hp to 40hp. Rugged and well-made, the cars were particularly successful in the Colonial markets and won many reliability trials and hill climbs in South Africa and New Zealand. During the war output switched to lorry production and afterwards the range of cars was drastically simplified.

The 14/40 was made from 1926 to 1932 and was powered by a 2,121cc overhead valve 4-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed gearbox. Extremely well-built, it was also notably smooth and flexible thanks to a massive crankshaft running in five main bearings. Sadly, production of all these fine cars came to an end in 1933  Stars were simply too expensive to make in an era which favoured the mass-produced economy car.

First registered in March 1927, this magnificent Star 14/40 was first owned by a Percy Wootton of Shere, Surrey, as the original buff log book confirms. Not much is known about the subsequent history of the car but in 2001 it was acquired by the current vendor and treated to a total nut-and-bolt rebuild which was to take some eight years to complete. As you can see, the results are truly spectacular and the car simply oozes quality from the sumptuous button leather interior to the whisper-quiet engine.

The restoration is extensively recorded on photographs but there are no bills on file as the vendor did not wish to count the cost of the exercise which was undertaken for love, not profit. You can safely assume that the cost exceeds the estimate by a very large margin. We were lucky enough to be treated to a short test drive in this car on the occasion of our visit to take these photos and can confirm that it performs every bit as well as it looks.

Only reluctantly being sold due to a change in circumstances, this wonderful motorcar has just been issued with a fresh MOT and would be the pride of any collection.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number092
Estimate£18000-£20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£16500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1927
Condition rating0
Registration numberPF 8599
Mileage-
Chassis numberB547
Engine numberLG118
Engine capacity (cc)2120
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2