RARE SUR­VIVOR UP FOR GRABS

Horstmann’s very own Horstman set to fetch £15-18k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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

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