The Family Cars
From the very early days Edward Beck, along with his only son Teddy, always had a passion for cars.
Fortunately being the owners of a successful company this gave them the opportunity to own many rare and interesting vehicles over the years.
Below are a few examples of cars the family owned during the 1950's and 1960's
Edward Becks 1951 Austin Sheerline a luxury car produced by Austin Motor Company from 1947 to 1954.
The Sheerline was designed by Austin during World War Two but production did not begin until 1947 because of the commitment to war production.
It was a luxurious car in the style of the contemporary Rolls-Royce or Bentley but at a much lower price, around two-thirds of the price of the equivalent Rolls-Royce but still the price of five or six small Austins.
There were about 8000 built and today they are quite rare.
Teddy Beck with his 1958 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia at Stockport depot in 1959 which was fitted with an American Judson Blower to enhance it's performance.
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was a 2+2 coupe and convertible marketed from 1955 to 1974 by Volkswagen – combining the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coach-builder Karmann.
Teddy Beck aged 28 pictured outside the family home at Hale Barns Cheshire in 1966.
He is standing along side his Austin Healey 100 which he had bought brand new 10 years earlier in 1955 for the princely sum of £1,063 12s 6d.
Teddy still owns this car today and it is in absolute pristine condition having only 14,000 miles on the clock.
1966 and Teddy Beck is pictured cleaning his Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato that he bought new in October 1962 at a cost of £5,210 from Hersham and Walton Motors in Walton on Thames.
It was effectively a DB4 GT, lightened and improved by the Zagato factory in Italy, by Ercole Spada.
Powered by a 3.7-litre, 314bhp straight-six in line with a four–speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels it could do 0–60mph in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 153mph.
Initially the factory had plans to produce 25 cars, but demand wasn't as strong as expected and production ceased at the 20th unit.
Nowadays, due to the rarity and popularity of the DB4 GT Zagato, the cars are worth a considerable amount of money, and at auction they reach well in excess of £5 million.
Mrs Irene Beck's 1970 registered Vanden Plas Princess 1300 which came in handy for nipping down to the shops in nearby Altrincham.
Described at the time as a mini Rolls Royce, it had leather interior, deep pile carpets, extra sound proofing, veneered dashboard and picnic tables set in the rear seats.
It was quite amazing how they fitted so much quality into such a small interior.
Pictured in the grounds of the family home at Hale Barns Cheshire, this Mark I Mini Cooper was fitted with a Webasto folding fabric sunroof with wind deflector.
Restoration of Mercedes 33/180K
During the early 1960's Teddy Beck completely restored a Mercedes Supercharged Type 33/180k in his private workshops which were located within the company's depot on Greg Street in Stockport.
The restoration was far from easy, but was finally completed in 1970.
The coachwork was a specially built boat tail tourer with dickie seat and was finished in white with black wings and red hide interior.
The result was stunning.