Paul Rossiter Engine Collection
The Paul Rossiter Model Engine Collection
Paul Rossiter was a very good friend of mine who helped me immensely over the years by searching out rare engines about which I wanted to write as well as undertaking research on my behalf from his vantage point in England. As noted in my October 2019 Editorial, Paul passed away on September 23rd, 2019 at the age of 78 years.
Paul had a small but very high quality collection of model engines, most of them quite rare and all of them in excellent condition - his standards were very high. His widow and daughter approached me to ask if I would help to steer these engines towards good homes. They didn't want to have to deal with the sharks who often show up when a known collector passes on (Paul had evidently warned them about this), and they wanted to avoid the complexities and hazards of eBay. They'd rather deal directly with genuinely interested enthusiasts. Given my past relationship with Paul, I was glad to comply with this request to the best of my ability.
This is something of an experiment for me. What I've agreed to do is put the engines up on this page for you to consider. The prices attached to the engines are firm - the sellers do not want to get involved with negotiations about items about which they know very little. So either you want these engines at the cited prices, or you don't. To avoid flooding the market, I'll be putting these engines up at a rate of 5 or 6 per month. There are only around 25 of them, but they are all of exceptional quality and interest. Watch this page for future additions.
So here's the deal - if you're seriously interested in acquiring any of these engines at the listed prices, let me know either directly or through the blog site. If you have questions, I'll try to answer them as best I can given the fact that none of the listed engines are in my possession. In deciding upon your interest, please factor in the cost of mailing to your address from England as well as any taxes or customs dues that may be incurred - they will be your responsibility.
Once I'm satisfied that you're serious, I will pass your email address along to Samantha Rossiter, who will contact you directly to finalize the deal. This will happen strictly on a first come, first served basis. I will not be handling any money here - I'm simply offering the opportunity to my valued readers to acquire these engines ahead of the pack.
I'm interested to see how this works out. If it goes well, I may use the same method to begin thinning down my own bloated collection, something which I really should start doing at this point.
Now, here are the first 5 engines on offer. We'll see how this goes before posting any more:
1) Reeves 3.4 cc diesel, 1948.
A full descrption of this extremely rare engine may be found here. Paul's example is in mint condition, little if at all used. Examples this nice almost never turn up! Price - £225
2) D-C Tornado Twin in box with all accessories, 1959. SOLD
A mint example, very rare to find boxed in this condition with all accessories. A write-up on this highly desirable engine may be found here. Price - £325 - SOLD!
3) Milford Mite Mk. III, 1948
A full descrption of this very rare engine may be found here. Paul's example is in unusually fine condition, complete and original. My own two examples both run very well, in direct contradiction to the engine's reputation. Price - £140
4) Kemp K4 4.4 cc diesel, 1947. SOLD
Another very rare one. Harold Kemp's first-ever model diesel. This example is seemingly used but in excellent condition, all complete and original - just needs a bit of a clean-up. A full descrption of this engine may be found here. Price - £150 - SOLD!
5) K Eagle Mk. I 1 cc sideport diesel, 1948.
In excellent used condition, complete and original. A full descrption of this relatively rare engine may be found here. Price - £100
6) E.D. Mk. III 2.49 cc diesel, 1948-1950
New in box with all accessories, including factory glow-plug conversion. Very rare in this complete configuration. An article about this engine may be found here on Ron Chernich's "Model Engine News" (MEN) website. Price - £175
7) K Vulture 5 cc Mk. III diesel, 1948.
This is a very nice example of the final variant of the K Vulture. This version was free from the problems that plagued the earlier models. They are dependable runners. A detailed article about this engine may be found here on Ron Chernich's "Model Engine News" (MEN) website. Price - £100
Stay tuned - more to come!!