This car has been subject to a great deal of high quality work in recent times, including a full re-paint to a very high standard, new upholstery, carpets, headlining, all in black and woodwork restored to a lovely, satin finish, far nicer and more appropriate than the high gloss modern products sometimes used. The chrome is very good as well, and the car is sound, extremely smart, running well and all in all is an excellent example of an early Silver Wraith, which is offered prepared, serviced and MoT tested.
Chassis No. WVA10 Reg No. JYT994 Price £55,000
Snippets: The Diplomat’s Ladies
WVA10 was ordered by Sir James Leishman Dodds a career diplomat whose postings included Madrid, Berne, Stockholm, The Hague, Teheran, Tokyo, Bolivia, Cuba & Peru. His father was Sir James Miller Dodds, a civil-servant being the Under-Secretary, Scottish Office (1909/21); James L. Dodds studied at Oxford University and whilst there he, Michael Nethersole (later RFC, DSC, CIE & Commissioner for Indian Civil Service) & a Mr. Gamble were all charged with being drunk & disorderly and with assaulting a Cinema Attendant who had earlier that evening thrown them out of the Palace Cinema! By 1919 James had entered the Foreign Office and slowly made his way up the career ladder from 3rd Secretary to acting counsellor to counsellor to Ambassador. In 1927 he met and married the young glamorous widow Bertha Etelka (Surtees) Bell whose husband, Edward Bell (1882/1924) had also been a career diplomat. Edward Bell was the nephew of the publisher & notorious James Gordon Bennett Jr, his mother being Jeanette Gordon Bennett. Edward was a close friend of F. D. Roosevelt having attended Harvard University at the same during the early 1900s. Sir James’s step-daughters Evangeline & Virginia themselves went onto to live the life of a Diplomat’s wife with Evangeline marrying David K. E Bruce (American Ambassador in France 1949) (ex-husband of Alison Mellon) & Virginia to Ashley Clarke (British Ambassador in Rome 1953). Later owners of WVA10 included H. G. L. A. Brooking whose during WWII served with RAF and in 1940 was stationed in Ottawa whilst taking part in an air training plan; during the early 21st Century WVA10 was with Vincent Tcheguiz (Iranian Property & Investment Magnate – Vincos Ltd & Rotch Property Goup) who registered the car with his private number plates of 2V, 3V and 38V! Vincent’s home of 3 Lees Place was originally built as a coach-house & stables in 1889 for Samuel Lewis and converted in 1932 to a house for the 1st Viscount Furness (better known as the husband of Thelma Furness – companion to both the Prince of Wales & Prince Aly Khan).