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 Post subject: Hope's Body Works 20 HP Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:31 am 
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I will try and find out more about this car and coachbuilder when I next see the current owner. GLK74

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 Post subject: Re: Hope's Body Works 20 HP Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:03 pm 
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A Queensland motor body builder: I found this reference.

Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 31 July 1928, page 51

HOPE'S BODY WORKS, LTD.
Motor Body Building.

The rapid progress made by the motor body building works of Hopes, Ltd., Valley, Brisbane, is an indication of the manner In which efflclency and highest integrity command success in business. Established only twelve months ago, this firm has how orders in hand for more than '400 bodies of different types, ranging from utility bodies to the most elaborate touring bodies. The output also has included bodies for big passenger 'buses. The works have been specially laid out with the object of securing maximum efficiency, expedition, and economy.

The extensive plant is most up-to-date, and as the firm carries a big stock of all materials it is able to guarantee the completion of a motor car body within three days of the receipt of the chassis.

The Hope family originally came from old farming stock in the Cotswold Hills of Gloucestershire, but the three sons, recognising that the motor Industry was destined to assume tremendous proportions, became associated With it, learning their trade at Coventry, which was the cradle of the motor Industry in England. Mr. Charles Hope, the founder of this firm and its managing director, is thus a practical engineer, and has had 25 years' experience of motor car manufacture. His younger brother, Mr. Harold Hope, a notable designer and draughtsman, was specially brought out from England to manage the body-building business.

While with the Morris Co. he designed and introduced the latest jig system in the company's works at Coventry. Mr. Charles Hope's elder brother, Mr. Stanley Hope, has been production manager oí bodies for the Morris Co. at Cowley, near Oxford, since the inception of that huge enterprise. The body-building works of Hopes, Ltd., at the Valley, bear evidence of the highest, pitch of organisation. What is known as the "Uno" system has been introduced, the raw material entering at one end of the factory and moving forward step by step until the completed body is placed on the chassis.

The various timbers used--indeed the whole of the materials--are obtained In Queensland, It has been found that yellowwood and pigeonberry ash are specially suited for body-building, but Queensland pine is employed for the floors of the utility trucks, all the timber used is specially dried in racks before being milled. The whole of the ironwork used in the body-building process is manufactured by Hopes, Ltd., with its plant, and thus the firm controls the source of supply. Country visitors are invited to Inspect these works at any hour on Thursday, August 9.


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 Post subject: Re: Hope's Body Works 20 HP Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:41 am 
Craftsman

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Another trifle about Hopes Motor Bodies:
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Labor Daily (Sydney, NSW : 1924 - 1938), Monday 7 June 1937, page 5

FIRE IN MOTOR BODY WORKS
BRISBANE,
Several cars, machinery and stocks of springs were destroyed when fire damaged portion of the motor-body building works of Chas. Hope, Ltd.,
Wandoo St, Valley, early yesterday. The damage has been estimated at between £20,000 and £25.000.
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So Hopes survived the Depression at least.


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 Post subject: Re: Hope's Body Works 20 HP Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:18 am 
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Location: Queensland, Australia
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Hopes was still bodying vehicles postwar, most of the local Morris Z utes and E tourers were bodied there. And at least one E coupe ute was produced. I once met someone who was an apprentice at the Morris agents at the time, and the cars arrived from the UK drivable with the guards etc boxed in such a way as to provide a seat. Part of the apprentices job was to deliver the cars from the agent to Hopes, which was always a race.


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