Vauxhall 'E type 30/98' motor car, 1919-1922.
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Scale model. This motor car was a pioneering high- performance sports car which was produced up to 1922. Designed by Laurence Pomeroy (1883-1941), it was based on the succesful Vauxhall Prince Henry design of 1913. The cars were the fastest sports cars of their day, and were succesful in sprints, hill-climbs and races at Brooklands. The E types were fitted with a four-cylinder, 4.5-litre capacity side-valve engine, whereas the later models known as the 'oe-type 30/98' had an overhead-valve engine that developed 90 bhp, and were capable of a maximum speed of approximately 100 mph.