30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 39

1923 Sizaire-Berwick 23/46 Doctor’s Coupe
A rare survivor

Sold for £12,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 7321 PP
Chassis No: 2543
MOT: Exempt

  • Part of a private collection since 2001
  • Extremely rare Vintage motorcar but benefiting from proven Austin Twenty running gear
  • Believed but not guaranteed to be the sole surviving 23/46 model

Orchestrated by the Paris-based motoring journalist W.F. Bradley, a meeting between Frederick William Berwick and the Sizaire Freres (Maurice and George) resulted in the two parties embarking upon a joint venture to become luxury car manufacturers. Appearing at the Paris Salon and London Motor Show during 1913, the first Sizaire-Berwick was a 20hp, four-cylinder design notable for its build quality and attention to detail. Sporting a patrician radiator grille that drew Rolls-Royce’s ire, the newcomer was built-up as a rolling chassis in Courbevoie before being sent to F.W. Berwick & Co of Highgate, London for bodying. Unsurprisingly, production was limited to about five cars per week and then halted by World War One during which Berwick acquired new premises in Park Royal and diversified into aircraft production. The advent of peace saw production centralised at Park Royal and a new 25/50 4½ Litre model released which was hailed as a credible rival to Vauxhall’s 30/98 and (later) Bentley’s 3 Litre. Entering receivership during October 1920 after some 200 cars had been completed, Sizaire-Berwick received a major boost nearly two years later when Herbert Austin and Harvey Du Cros joined the board. Keen to capitalise on the Anglo-French concern’s prestige, Austin added 13/26 and 23/46 models to the line-up which were closely derived from his established 12hp and 20hp designs. These Austin-inspired Sizaire-Berwicks were fitted with better quality coachwork than their mass production siblings but failed to sell in any quantity. Thus, the Park Royal Works shut its doors during 1924.

Thought but not guaranteed to be the sole surviving Sizaire-Berwick 23/46, ‘7321 PP’ was returned to the road during the mid-1970s by Patrick Saunders Esq of Chesham. Self-evidently the subject of past restoration work, the Doctor’s Coupe entered the current (now sadly deceased) ownership in 2001. Dry stored for many years, this fascinating Vintage car is now in need of thorough recommissioning but appears to be substantially complete. Offered for sale with buff logbook and V5C Registration Document.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

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