Motorcar insurance certificates issued to Winston Churchill goes on sale – MSN Germany
A car insurance certificate issued to Winston Churchill 90 years ago goes on sale for £ 1,500.
It gave him permission to drive his Wolseley Landaulette between January 1 and June 28, 1931 when he was 56 years old – his "years in the wild".
At that time, the then 56-year-old was going through his “wilderness years” while serving as an MP for Epping in the opposition.
The one-page document, issued by Alliance Assurance Company Ltd, is being auctioned today by Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes, Wiltshire.
It shows his license plate number YP 4107, but the cost of his insurance is not disclosed.
Churchill was a "petrol head" who bought his first car, a French Mors, in 1901 at the age of 26.
In 1911 he bought a Napier 15 HP Landaulette from a racing driver in & # 39; Marlborough Blue & # 39; for £ 600- £ 54,000 in today's money.
Churchill's bodyguard Walter Thompson reportedly said of his boss's driving: "He dismantles gears and rams everything head-on."
"Mr. Churchill has a tremendous understanding of the advantages and benefits of the machine age … but he has no personal sense of the machines themselves," he said.
Churchill, who also owned Rolls Royces, Daimlers and Humbers, finally agreed to be chauffeured "for the convenience of other drivers".
The certificate was put up for sale by a private collector with auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes, Wilts, who describe it as a "fabulous piece of history".
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said, “Churchill was fascinated by new technology and could be described as the petrolhead who got his first car at the age of 21.
“The insurance policy comes from a private collector who collects strange and wonderful things.
"I've never seen anything like it, it's a marvelous piece of history."