|Manufacturer||Vale Engineering Company|
approx 100 made
|Designer||P. E. Pellew|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||two-seat tourer
four-seat tourer (Tourette)
|Engine||Triumph 832 ccI4
Coventry Climax 1098 cc I4
Coventry Climax 1476 cc I6
|Wheelbase||84 or 102 inches (2134 or 2590 mm|
|Width||55 inches (1397 mm)|
The Vale Motor Company was set up in 1931 by Pownoll Pellew (later 9th Viscount Exmouth) as a 'gentleman's hobby' in a rented workshop behind the Warrington pub in Maida Vale. It soon expanded with funding from Allan Gaspar and Robert Owen Wilcoxon, thanks largely to help from Pellew's then girlfriend Kay Walsh.
The cars were initially handmade and based on Triumph Motor Company components. The first cars used the 832 cc side-valve engine from the Triumph Super 7 fitted to a chassis bought in from Rubery Owen, semi-elliptic leaf springs all round, and the hydraulic brakes and axles from the Triumph. The top speed was only 65 mph (105 km/h), which was too slow for serious sporting events: so from 1933 a 1098 cc, overhead-inlet, side-exhaust, four-cylinder, Coventry Climax engine was offered, followed in 1934 by the 1476 cc six-cylinder version of the same engine.
Most of the cars had lightweight two-seater open bodies with fold-flat windscreens, but a four-seat version on a long-wheelbase chassis, called the Tourette, was available with the larger-engined versions.
About 100 cars had been made when production stopped in 1935, though the actual figure is greatly disputed.
- Ave Atque Vale - A book on the history of the Vale Special.
- Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2.
- David Cox, "Ave Atque Vale - the story of the Vale Special" ISBN 0-9553010-0-9
- David Cox, "Ave Atque Vale - the story of the Vale Special"
- Robert Owen Wilcoxon, who was killed at the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, was the brother of film actor Henry Wilcoxon
- Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1.
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