1939 Vauxhall 10
My father and I each owned one of these from 1960 for several
I passed my driving test in my father's.
Introduced in 1937 at a time when engine size was restricted by
and the 10 h.p. class was a highly competitive market, the "10" was
to provide a low rated car with a large car "feel". Independent
suspension and low weight against size were two of the goals.
was the first British car with "integral" construction - no
The front suspension was by enclosed torsion bars and there were very
hydraulic brakes. The "10" was an outstanding success and really
was a modern car compared to its competition. The two we had were
equipped with full leather upholstery and sunshine roofs. They
very good performers capable of 75 mph and 40 mpg.
I managed to write-off mine by rolling it when a front brake wheel
cylinder seal leaked oil and hard braking swung the car into a ditch
it flipped over and I came out through the closed roof, luckily without
much damage. Dad kept his for about 5 years until I sold him the
'54 Humber Hawk.
- First British car with integral body/chassis.
- Semi-elliptic rear springs.
- Torsion bar independent front suspension.