RARE SURVIVOR UP FOR GRABS
Horstmann’s very own Horstman set to fetch £15-18k
One of just nine surviving Horstman cars built in Bath, Somerset, is to be offered for sale this month. The 1923 four-seat tourer was owned for many years by company founder Sidney Horstmann and is included in the Richard Edmonds sale on 22 October, at Allington, near Chippenham, Wiltshire. It has been valued at £15,000-18,000. Horstman (spelt with a second ‘n’ like the founder’s surname until after World War II) cars were made from 1913 to 1929, and estimates for the total number of cars produced vary from 1500 to 3000. ‘PD 5555’ had originally been sold to Leonard Currie, treasurer of Surrey County Council. After Mr Currie died in 1936, the car was inherited by Sidney Horstmann’s nephew and upon his death, Sidney returned the car to Bath until his passing in 1962. It subsequently had several owners until 2008 when it was sold to Trevor Turpin, author of The Beauty of Bath – Horstmann: Engineering in a Georgian City.
‘I think we’re going to get a lot of interest in this car,’ says auctioneer Richard Edmonds. ‘The Horstman represents a chapter of motoring history that deserves greater recognition, and it’s an important part of Bath’s heritage. What makes this car so special is that for many years it was owned and driven by its creator, Sidney Horstmann.’ ❚ www.richard edmondsauctions. com