There are two types of vehicles designated as B-type Vauxhalls, one being a four-cylinder and the later a six-cylinder engine. The 16hp is an example of the four-cylinder variant – very similar to the Vauxhall A-type, but smaller. There were around 137 16hp Vauxhalls produced between 1908 and 1911.
The early B-type came with optional extras such as the windscreen, hood, nickel-plated brightwork (over the traditional brass), luggage carrier and even waterproof seat covers! The transmission of the vehicle is three forward speeds and a reverse, and with no dampers, the ride can be rough and bouncy.
The semi-racer body style was introduced to take advantage of Vauxhalls reputation at the time for sporting cars. This 16hp B-type is the only known surviving example of this variant.