Car Co Ltd.
Specialist dealers in early Rolls-Royce
and Bentley cars.
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp
Southern Motors Saloon.
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Available with or without front bumper.
by the Southern Motor Co when about ten years old, giving an up-to-date
appearance at the time, as was Southern’s speciality. The car is in very
sound, clean condition, nicely presented, with a particularly appealing deep
Burgundy leather interior, a lovely set of instruments, sliding sunroof, and
various attractive touches besides. All-in-all, a good looking saloon, all
correct mechanically, in good running order, driving well, and MoT tested
until September 2014. Very
good value for money when compared to the equivalent 20/25 or 25/30.
Reg No. BF
registered with H James of Church Lane, Handsworth; photographs from this era
show Church Lane as being a quiet, leafy road with large houses on either side
of the lane hidden behind tall walls. By
Christmas 1928 GHJ30 had been sold with the new owner being Frank William Reed
OBE, an engineer, industrialist & designer of some note whose employers were
Craven Bros (1853/1970), manufacturers of travelling steam breakdown cranes.
When William H S Craven died in 1923 F. W. Reed was named as an executor
of his will. Between 1924 & 1929 Frank Reed registered a total of 8 patents
ranging from self-centring chucks for wheel axles to improvements relating to
hydraulic transmission gears. In 1911 F. W Reed, a keen golfer, was hitting some
golf balls with his friend J W Dudley on a piece of land named “Wilcock Eye”
just behind Frank’s house & the pair of them were so taken with their
surroundings that they, together with other wealthy families (including the
Greg’s) acquired the land which in due course formed part of Reddish Vale Golf
Club. In 1916 Mr & Mrs Reed held
a garden party at their home “The Grange”, Reddish with their guests
numbering some 260! The next address
shown on the chassis cards is also called “The Grange” this time in Cheadle
Hulme, just 5 miles down the road - did the Reeds move here?
After WWII the car is shown as being with a Mr H C Wright - address
unknown, after several moves GHJ30 was in the USA - South Bend, Indiana with
Homer W Fitterling; an enthusiastic car collector &
particularly well-known for his Dusenbergs, which he often lent to
Museums as show pieces. One of these
Dusenbergs had been commissioned by the actor Tom Mix and had a pair of longhorn
steel horns mounted above the grill & the door pulls were pistol holsters!
Homer’s other love was Buffalo of which he had a small herd of at his
appropriately named farm “Old Buffalo Farm”!
Homer’s businesses included Clay Utilities & several haulage firms
– Superior Freight Lines, Lake Motor Freight & of course Fitterlings.
After his death in 1989 his entire collection of some 300 cars &
ranch was acquired by Ed Weaver of the Diamond Carpet Mill who himself died in
1993 aged only 48.
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