1904 Wilson-Pilcher car built by the inventor of the first British tank is expected to fetch $352,450

Andrea Divirgilio / October 11, 2012

An inventor, mechanical engineer, and member of the British Royal Naval Air Service, who was credited by the 1919 Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors as the co-inventor of the first British tank called ‘Little Willie’, along with Sir William Tritton, Irish-born Major Walter Gordon Wilson, is also noted as the creator of the Wilson-Pilcher motor car. Now, the sole surviving example of 1904 Wilson-Pilcher which used epicyclic gears, the one owned by its creator’s family, will go under the hammer for an estimated price of $288,350 – $352,450, as part of the Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia auction by Bonhams in London, on 2nd November, ahead of 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

The 1904 Wilson-Pilcher car built by the inventor of the first British tank 'Little Willie'

Built by Walter Wilson in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1904, this extremely rare 12/16hp veteran motor-car finished in dark blue with black-leather seats was initially retained by the works and used as a fire-tender, before it was renovated in the late 1940s and early 1950s. And, later it was gifted to creator Walter Wilson’s son, from where it passed through the family to reach the current owner.

Displayed in various important museums, this rare vehicle has been described as one of the earliest successes Britain’s most significant engineer and inventor.

Besides, some of the other noted, rare, old motor cars like the world’s oldest four-cylinder American car, the world’s oldest Ford ‘Model A’, and the world’s oldest Mini which is expected to fetch $24k even when unrestored, were also offered for sale.

Via: Bonhams

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