When my sister dragged me to watch a film with her at the cinema last year, I wasn’t very happy. The title of the film sounded very boring, War Horse, but I went with her anyway, as I am a big fan of Steven Spielberg. During the film I noticed that it featured the 1911 Vauxhall C-Type “Prince Henry” and 1918 Vauxhall D Type Army Staff Car but I wasn’t too sure.
That evening when I got home, the first thing I did was search on the internet if what I saw was true, and to my surprise it was. I found a whole article about the cars that were used in the film; it had information about how the car was made and when.
It started off with writing about the 1911 Vauxhall C-Type, which was widely acknowledged as Britain’s very first sports car and was named after Prince Henry of Prussia who sponsored early reliability trials. The C-Type was on sale from 1911 to 1914. Prince Henry Vauxhalls won many trials and hill climbs including the Swedish Winter Trial in 1912.
I continued to read the article till I came to the part about the 1918 Vauxhall D-Type Army Staff Car, which is a development of the ‘Prince Henry’. Army Staff Cars saw war-time service in many countries, including Egypt and Salonika.
I think it’s a real shame that we can’t buy those cars from any Vauxhall dealers in Kent
or anywhere else anymore, as I would have love to be an owner of such great cars.
Denis Chick, Vauxhall Motors’ Director of Communications said, “Steven Spielberg loved the C-Type Prince Henry but due to its non-conventional controls, an expert was on hand to drive on set to master the centre-mounted throttle and outside gear changes. Mechanics were also around 24/7 to ensure the car was always operational so that valuable filming time was not lost. It’s great that these two cars from Vauxhall’s own museum, representing the company’s rich automotive heritage, are starring alongside such notable actors.”
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