Vauxhall produced more than 1,500 D-Type Staff Cars made during World War I. One that survives today is the ‘War Horse,’ pictured above. The car’s nickname derives from its role in the Steven Spielberg film War Horse, claims Vauxhall.
And the ‘War Horse’ will see active duty again, as Vauxhall is preparing the car for a summer throughout the United Kingdom. In order to recognize World War I’s centennial, the car will first appear at the Brooklands Museum’s display stand at the Farnborough International Airshow, which begins July 14 and runs through July 20. The car will remain at the museum until the Brooklands Great War 100 event on August 3.
The D-Type Staff Car was derived from the earlier A-Type, and a 3969 cc four-cylinder helped the car hit speeds of over 60 mph. The car had a prominent role in the war, with The Morning Post noting that “The four-cylinder Vauxhall cars have proved to be the most generally satisfactory of any British make for Staff service.”
As Vauxhall points out, “King George V was transported to Vimy Bridge in northern France in a Vauxhall, and the Staff Car was also the first vehicle to cross the Rhine following the Armistice in 1918.”
While Vauxhall has come a long way since D-Type Staff Car, it’s great to see that the company is displaying this historic vehicle to the public.