Vintage Transport at Upton

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Travelling in style

The headlamps and radiator make for a perky Lea Francis at Upton House

The backdrop of the house, forecourt and drive set off any vintage vehicles to perfection.

Which is why 2015 will see Upton celebrating pre-1940 vehicles with a Vintage Transport weekend on 20 and 21 June 2015.

If you are interested in displaying vehicles please contact

Upton House is 8 miles from the M40 exit 12 and the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon.


The Shell connection

Lord Bearsted bought Upton House and became chairman of Shell on his father’s death in 1927.

The Shell oil company grew out of an early 19th century family business trading internationally in Bric a Brac. When an opportunity arose to become involved in Black Sea oilfields in 1890 Viscount Bearsted's father, Marcus Samuel, took advantage of the family's overseas trading connections to underpin a new venture shipping lighting oil to Far Eastern markets. The age of the motor car was yet to come but by the turn of the century he was one of the richest men of his age.