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Bean Short 14

On Display

Bean were among the many firms who tried to challenge Austin and Morris as mass-producers in the 1920s. Never approaching their target of 50,000 cars a year, low production meant higher, less competitive prices.

The saloon body is typical of the heavy type of coachwork offered before pressed steel construction became the norm. This example was made during Bean's penultimate season. It is currently fitted with a mock wireless aerial for a BBC promotion. There were experiments with car radio from 1922 onwards involving aerials of this type, but it remained a novelty in Britain until the first commercially manufactured model became available in 1932.

Year1928
CountryBritish
Capacity2,385cc
CylindersIn-line 4
ValvesSide
Output32hp @ 2,400rpm
Maximum speed55mph/88.51kph
Price new£365
ManufacturerBean Cars Ltd

 

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