QAlan Turner sent in an old picture of a car, which we featured in our November Over To You. He was trying to identify the make and the registration area of the number plate.
AtoAWe had a lot of responses to this query. Thank you John Eastman, Dave Wortley and Sylvia Green who all wrote in to us to say it was a Bean car. John says: “The car is a ‘Bean’ 11.9hp which was introduced at the 1919 Motor Show. NW 2794 would probably have been registered between 1920 and 1926. The distinguishing mark is the ‘horseshoe’-shaped headlight bracket.” He’s tracked down a website that provides more information at www.historywebsite. co.uk/Museum/Transport/Cars/Bean.
Dave suggests: “To find out more about the car you could contact firstname.lastname@example.org,” adding: “I cannot find the registration number on the DVLA website but it could be still languishing in someone’s garage somewhere.”
Sylvia contacted the secretary of the Bean Car Club, who says: “The car is a Bean 11.9 and the Bean Car Club has records of about 20 surviving 11.9s although some of those have not been heard of for many years and may not still exist.
“The radiator, together with the Lion on the radiator badge, are clearly visible. There is no question about it being an 11.9hp Bean. The wheel hubs and strange mounting of the sidelights are characteristic of the 11.9. Bean.
“The first cars were not built until 1919 so the picture is a little later than suggested. NW was a Leeds registration.”
Our readers have helped identify this car as a Bean 11.9 from the 1920s