Saturday, August 27, 2016

1936 Pontiac motorhome, Coachwork by Russell's of Bexhill, heading to auction with Bonhams

As purchased, the Pontiac had been painted khaki in anticipation of its being used as an ambulance during WW2

The Dunn family's financial advisor, explains that Captain Dunn had contracted polio on his honeymoon, which left him paralysed and requiring the use of a wheelchair.

During WW2 Captain Dunn was evacuated to Wales on account of his disability. In 1946 he died, leaving everything to his widow.

 Apparently, the van had been placed in storage in 1940, raised on blocks and with the spark plugs removed and oil tipped into the cylinder bores. Every few months Mrs Dunn would turn the engine over on the starting handle, a practice she repeated right up to her death in 1991

The interior remains just as it was found, though a boat builder was commissioned to re-varnish the woodwork in the correct dull gloss finish. All curtains and linoleum are original, as are all the fixtures and fittings. All the interior equipment came with the motorhome

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