1965 Commer Cob Van with Brabham 1725cc Alpine EngineSOLD

1965 Commer Cob Van with Brabham 1725cc Alpine Engine

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The company was formed as the Commercial Car Company based in small premises in Lavender Hill, South London. In order to go into volume production, a site was bought at Biscot Road, Biscot, Luton, where production of the first truck, the 3 tonne RC type started in 1907. In 1909, the first bus was made. With the outbreak of First World War, the factory turned to the manufacture of military vehicles for the British Army and by 1919, over 3000 had been made. In 1926, after being in receivership several times, Commer was taken over by Humber. By 1931, both marques had been absorbed by the Rootes Group, which also swallowed up Hillman, Singer, Sunbeam, Talbot and Karrier Lorrie. The Commer Cob was a panel van based on the Hillman Husky Estate Car, which itself was derived from the Hillman Minx Saloon. The first Cob appeared in the mid `50s. It was powered by a 1265cc side-valve engine mated to a floor-change, four-speed manual gearbox and had two passenger doors plus a large side-hinged one at the rear for the loading of goods. The Series I model of 1958 brought more power, the Series II a slightly lower roof, deeper windscreen and better seats, while the Series III featured further minor changes to the bodywork. The Commer name was replaced by the Dodge name during the 1970s following the takeover of Rootes by Chrysler Europe. After Peugeot purchased Chrysler Europe in 1978, the Commer factory was run in partnership with the truck division of Renault, Renault Trucks.

Reference Number 132076

as of 7/6/2011

Car 1965 Commer Cob Van with Brabham 1725cc Alpine Engine
VIN 63301430LHV0 
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Green /      Black 
Registration CTA404C 
Mileage 56,430 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

This 1965 Commer Cob offered is no ordinary Cob! It was upgraded in period by Jack Brabham of Chessington and fitted with a 1725cc Sunbeam Alpine engine topped by an alloy cylinder head and twin SU carburettors. The unit was mated to a four-speed overdrive gearbox and the handling tightened by a front anti-roll bar. Since 2003, the crown wheel and pinion has been substituted with a higher ratio final drive and a full set of period Rootes instruments added. The earlier exhaust has been replaced by a stainless steel system. Attention to the bodywork has included the fitting of replacement front wings, bonnet, front panel, rear bumper and front and rear over-riders. A number of spares are included in the sale and the van has a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate until August 2011. Also included is a history file which includes various articles, hand books, bills and old MoT’s. A perfect van as a support vehicle at Historic Grand Prix, the Goodwood Revival meeting or when you just want to surprise someone when pulling away from the lights. The Vendor has just informed us that there was some minor repairs that required carrying out which has been done and a new MoT test Certificate has been issued.