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David McBride

1926 Rippon D back Limousine GCK7

The original owner was Mr Herbert Walker who purchased the car from Rolls-Royce in 1926. Herbert was a master cloth dyer and finisher and Managing Director of a textile mill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He had an estate worth c£137000 (c £9million in today's money) and sadly died in 1933.

The next thought to be owners were the Hopkin family. It is not certain how long the family kept the car for, but the chassis records show that in 1955 GCK7 was kept by John A Hopkins Esq of Galley Lane, Hertfordshire. John was thought to be a solicitor whose father William Robert Hopkins is believed to have been a retired battery manufacturer who died in 1968.

The next owner was Robert John James of Catshill, Bromsgrove, having bought it from the Hopkin family. It was later sold to Granville Angell, Lord of Cannock in 1985. Granville owned the car for 32 years before selling it to The Real Car Co in 2017. Lord of Cannock was highly regarded in the Freemasons and spent 23 years in the Navy surviving 2 World Wars.

The Real Car Co spent some time working on the car specifically the mechanical parts of the engine. Soon after in 2019 it was sold to David John McBride of Wadesmill, Hertfordshire. David lovingly polished the car in an effort to return it to its former glory. However in 2022 the car was sold back to The Real Car Co who sold it to a new owner in the Spring of 2023.