1953 DELLOW MkIIb Lightweight SUPERCHARGED - the well-known ex-Tony Marsh car - Tony being the unofficial Works driver for the Dellow Car Company
First owned by Tony Marsh and used in trials, sprints and hill climbs. He went on to be 6-time National Hillclimb champion in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1966 & 1967 in single seaters, latterly of his own making.
See this Dellow start up from cold : https://youtu.be/JyoC8ID--B0
See this Dellow going uphill : https://youtu.be/n6cXZppvV7g
See the oil pressure when hot : https://youtu.be/I8NGCKn8tHU
See this Dellow going down hill – no smoke on the over-run : https://youtu.be/YojadMrBNqw
This Dellow was made specifically for him (purportedly a Lightweight model) as he was friendly with Ron Lowe of the Dellow Company. Among many successes it climbed Prescott in 52. 41secs in 1954 and won the Committee cup in the Gloucester trial in December 1953. The running gear was all Ford E93A originally, the only departure from that was the installation of a Ford 100E engine by Tony as part of his restoration.
Tony Marsh re-purchased this car in the 1980s and affectionately restored it. It has always been supercharged.
My client bought it from his family in 2010 after Tony Marsh's death and ran it on the road including trips to France. It has a wonderful patina now and has proved reliable. The back axle was rebuilt with a longer ratio (4. 4 from memory) that gives relaxed cruising at 55-60mph. The gearbox is new old stock and the engine and supercharger have both recently been overhauled and the engine fitted with a competition clutch. The genuine Dellow rev-counter and speedometer have both been overhauled and all works as it should. There is a new dynamo. All lamps have been converted to LED which give amazing light. The wind deflectors are genuine Dellow components, and an exceedingly rare accessory
There is a hood, side screens and two tonneau covers, one made recently with accommodation for luggage as shown.
The upholstery is comfortable and nicely patinated
Reluctant sale due to a new project.
The provenance of LWP 757 is impeccable
The last photo shows that the car fits those approximately 5'8" or less. (I am 6' 1" and can only select 1st and reverse)
In 2009, a year before my client purchased this car, nephew to Tony Marsh - Richard Hollingworth - demonstrated Tony's first competition car LWP 757 on Sunday 19th July 2009, an Inaugural Tony Marsh Memorial meet took place at Gurston Down Hillclimb
Tony was also partly responsible for the discovery of Gurston Down Hill...
The meet gave spectators and long standing fans of the 'King of the Hills' the opportunity to see four of his prized cars in action on the Hillclimb, which Tony himself had co-designed in 1967.
The cavalcade was headed up with Tony's first competition car, LWP 757, a Mk2 Dellow fitted with the Ford 100E side valve engine with Marshall J75 supercharger, which was built as a special lightweight version of the standard design for 1953. The car was delivered originally to Tony Marsh on 28th July 1953 and became his trials car for a number of years before he disposed of it. Tony was re-united with this car in the 1980s and carried out a painstaking restoration bringing it back to its original specification in which it remains to this day. The car was driven at the memorial event by his nephew, Richard Hollingworth, both up and down the hill to applauds from the marshals lined at the edge of the track.
History of Dellow
Ken Delingpole and Ron Lowe combined more than just their surnames when they set up a tuning company as an offshoot of Ken’s business: Delson & Co., manufacturers of bolts, screws and fastenings, at Alvechurch near Birmingham in 1946. In addition to tuning and sports car preparation, Dellow Motors were agents for Wade-Ventor superchargers and Midlands Agent for the H.R.G. sports car, which was Ken’s choice when he went trialling. However Ron’s car was rather different. It was based on a written-off (wrecked) Austin 7. During the 1947 trials season he modified it to take the Ford 1172cc side valve (E93A) engine and gearbox. Later he added Ford rear and front axles for strength, stability and better braking. This car known affectionately as “The Flipper”, gave Ron many trials successes whilst it also doubled as his everyday transport.
The Dellow Company
Although we attempt to ensure accuracy of any statement or detail, the customer must make his or her own judgement in purchasing this car. The purchaser of the above car understands that he or she is purchasing a historic motor car with components that are up to 69 years old and sold as a collector item. There is no warranty given or implied due to the age of the car.
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