1908 Napier Type 23A 45HP
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The Type 23A was introduced near the close of 1908. Its predecessor, the 40HP car, had a square engine, meaning that its bore and stroke were both 4-inches. An extra inch to the stroke provided an additional five horsepower and more torque at low speeds.
This example shown was one of the earliest Type 23A's constructed. Little is known of its early life; the body appears to be a factory touring body. It is believed to have been directly exported to the United States. In the 1960s the car returned to England and into the collection of a European resident.
This car is mostly original and in good condition. The seat leather has been replaced, the paint is believed to have been refurbished, and the full-length canopy top has been replaced. The car has Lucas King of the Road headlights, Wynford scuttle mounted side and twin Lucas tail lights, a bulb horn, running board mounted spare, and various brightwork with nickel finish. The Napier Sparkplugs are original to the car and still in working condition.
At auction this car was estimated to sell for $400,000 - $500,000. It was among the more rare and intriguing cars of the auction, and it shattered the estimates by selling for $682,000 including buyers premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007
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|Auction||Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center|
|Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center||1908-1938|