1920 Bean 11.9hp Tourer Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. 26611
Established component suppliers to the British motor industry, the Staffordshire-based firm of Harper Sons & Bean had turned its Dudley and Tipton factories over to munitions production during the Great War. With hostilities at an end, the company turned to motor manufacturing, acquiring the rights to the pre-war Perry 11.9hp from Willys-Overland. The Perry was powered by a 1,796cc sidevalve four with fixed cylinder head, which drove via a cone clutch, separate three-speed gearbox and spiral bevel rear axle. At the end of 1920, the company was wound up, re-emerging some twelve months later in reconstituted form. The 'Twelve' was still the mainstay of production and would remain so until 1927. The last Bean passenger cars were made in 1929.
One of approximately 10,000 Bean Twelves built between 1919 and 1927, this example was discovered in a field in New Zealand in 1967 by Kingsley's childhood friend Chris Pask. Restoration commenced in NZ in the early 1970s but was not completed. Kingsley Curtis acquired the Bean in 1990 and continued the rebuild, the bodywork being restored by David Friswell and the mechanicals by Peter Barber-Lomax. The restoration has been completed apart from the dickey seat and convertible hood. It should be noted that the cylinder block and radiator have been changed (originals with car) and the cylinder head has got a small crack in it which has recently been repaired. Offered with sundry bills.The car is import duties paid.