Star 18/50 Charlesworth Sunshine Saloon 1929
Registration Number: PO 159 Chassis Number: LD 3924 The Star Motor Company was founded by the Lisle family, who began by making ‘Sharratt and Lisle’ bicycles in 1893. In 1896, the company’s name was changed to the Star Cycle Company. The first Star motor car was made in 1898. Before the First World War, more than thirty different Star models had been produced, comprising of single cylinder engines through to six cylinders. In 1928, the company was sold to Guy Motors. After the Second World War, model production was reduced and some took on names as well as numbers, such as Planet, Comet and Luna. On the 13th March 1929, we understand that order number DO40 was received at the Wolverhampton works for an 18/50 rolling chassis unit. This was dispatched on the 27th March for the sum of £350.00 and sent to Charlesworth Bodies Ltd in Coventry. The completed motor car was supplied to Star main agents Denmark Garage of Hove and then on to the purchasers garage, J.W Holloway and Sons of Shoreham-by-Sea. The Star was first registered by Mr Ing of Steyning on the 8th May 1929. In 1938, it passed to Mr Dunford of London and during the war years, it is believed that the motor car was requisitioned by the Auxillary Fire Service for use as a personnel carrier. During this time, the body was amended to a saloon. Post-War, the Star was returned to Mr Dunford, who had the large ‘Sunshine’ roof incorporated. During the mid sixties, we have been informed that the car resided in Hayling Island, then in Braintree. By the late seventies, the Star had a new home in St Peter Port, Guernsey. In the care of the current custodian since October 2000, we understand that the Star has been maintained to a high standard. A complete body refurbishment, which included some ash frame replacement and a repaint, was carried out in 2000/2001 and the motor car remains in good condition. A stainless steel exhaust system has been fitted since that time, and the radiator has also been rebuilt. The large history file contains invoices spanning the last twenty-five years, correspondence, a BMIHT certificate, press cuttings, an owners instruction manual, an original spares list, the V5C registration certificate and a large quantity of MOT test certificates including the current which expires 26.5.2012. The tax exempt road fund licence is supplied. The Star ‘sunshine Saloon’ achieved a Highly Commended award at the 2006 Bristol Classic Car Show and has been used for classic tours and rallies with reliability. An excellent opportunity to acquire a rare vintage touring motor car.