Tony Sargeant (Anthony Sargeant) has this photograph of the family car taken by his mother with the Brownie 127 camera which his parents bought him for passing his 11+ examination. It shows the wonderful Vauxhall 16hp convertible that was bought that year to replace the first family car which was a 1935/6 Standard 10. Tony’s Father is sitting in the drivers seat with Tony’s brother by his side and Tony standing behind. It is parked outside the family home (a two bedroom maisonette) 39 Worseley Bridge Road, SE26, which was just on the edge of The Bellingham Council Estate in South London.
The car bought had been resprayed a dark green colour but with the Vauxhall trademark chrome flashes on the hinges of the bonnet. The car also had a new canvas roof. It cost £140 and was bought from a second hand car dealer in Lewisham. There were two of this model on the used car lot – the other one, painted in grey and maroon, was in less good condition and cost £125.
The photograph does not do justice to the stylish car but is the only one that Tony has so appended to this post is a photograph from the web of the same model (hope this does not infringe anybody’s copyright – please let me know if it does and I will remove it) .
Sadly my father sold the car (for £25!) in part exchange for a more modern car (a 1953 Ford Zephyr) a few years later.