Reg No : UJ6760
Car no: 17988
Cross and Ellis Body No : 1346
This now very rare motorcar was part of a production run of 450 cars of which just 97 were drop head coupes with attractive the Cross and Ellis bodywork.
Powered by the 1842 cc 4 cylinder engine mated to the fine 4 speed all synchro gearbox the car, although not imbued with fast acceleration, cruises happily at 55 mph up hill and down dale.
Capable of seating 4 in comfort the green leather upholstery presents very well and the engine starts first time and runs smoothly. The bodywork is in reasonable condition and the oft used term `oily rag` comes to mind. The hood is in good condition.
The history of the car is comprehensive and a delight. Purchased by Frank McDonald, manager of the District Bank in Congleton within a couple of years of him returning from the war. In the mid `50`s Ian and Roger, Franks`s two sons learnt to drive in the car and Roger went on to purchase an Alvis 12/50, the only car he ever owned and his everyday car. By coincidence the car was delivered when new by Frank`s wife`s best friend`s husband.
Ian and Roger sympathetically restored the Firebird in the early 1990s, being used regularly by Ian including transporting 3rd generation McDonalds to their weddings. All in all a car that has been cherished throughout nearly all of it`s life by several generations of McDonalds and was known to the family for all of it`s life.
50% of the proceeds of the sale of the Firebird will be going to St Michael`s Hospice in Hereford where Ian received such wonderful care . As you can imagine the car visited St Michael`s many times during his final days.
You can find out more about St Michael`s at www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/about-us/history/