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"War Horse" features horses and Vauxhalls

In the new movie War Horse, backed by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, there are not only stunning sequences of horses, countryside, battles, but horsepower too. It features two exquisite vehicles of the period, a Vauxhall C-Type and Vauxhall D-Type.

The feature film has a rather stunning sequence with a 1911 Vauxhall C-Type “Prince Henry” in which the War Horse races against C-Type Prince Henry across Dartmoor, in the UK. The movie also features a 1918 Vauxhall D Type Army Staff Car as well.

The 1911 Vauxhall C-Type is widely acknowledged as Britain’s very first sports car. The nickname “Price Henry” refers to Prince Henry of Prussia, who the car was named after. He sponsored early reliability trials during the early days of motoring. The C-Type was on sale from 1911 to 1914. The chassis price, which excluded body, was £485 ($743 American dollars) back in 1911. If you take into account inflation over 100 years, that is equivalent to $17,000 in today's money. Prince Henry Vauxhalls won many trials and hill climbs including the Swedish Winter Trial in 1912.

The 1918 Vauxhall D-Type Army Staff Car is a development of the ‘Prince Henry’ for World War 1. Vauxhall built around 2,000 Vauxhall D-Types for the British War Office, which cost £500 ($766) each. Adjusted for inflation a D-Type would have cost around $17,700 in today's dollars.

These Army Staff Cars saw war-time service in many countries, including countries like Egypt and Salonika. A D-type carried General Allenby into Jerusalem, another was the first car to cross the Rhine into Germany after the 1918 Armistice.


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