Property of a deaceased estate 1927 Swift 10hp P-Type Convertible with Dickey Registration no. MY 1044 Chassis no. 35927 Engine no. 35927
Coventry-based bicycle maker Swift turned to motor manufacture at the turn of the century with a single-cylinder voiturette powered by a De Dion-style MMC engine, progressing to a 10hp twin-cylinder light car, entirely of its own design, in 1904. The twin was replaced by a 1,097cc four-cylinder 10hp model in 1914. Revived after WWI, the 10hp 'four' was periodically improved and up-dated throughout the 1920s, arriving in its final form in late 1926 with the introduction of the 1,190cc P-Type. Produced until the firm's closure, the revised 10hp P-Type incorporated front wheel brakes as standard and semi-elliptic front springing. With 21bhp on tap, the P-Type had a claimed top speed of 55mph and could average as much as 37mpg, giving a range of around 200 miles courtesy of its six-gallon fuel tank. Concentrating on the manufacture of small family cars while producing virtually all its own parts enabled Swift to beat its mass-producing rivals for quality but not for price, a policy that led, inevitably, to its closure in 1931. According to the Swift Register, only 212 Swift motor cars of all types are known to survive worldwide (as of September 2010) mostly in the UK but spread as far as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. One of only a dozen-or-so known to exist, the P-Type offered here has dickey-seat convertible coachwork and the marque's traditional radiator that was replaced by a less attractive ribbon type late in 1929. The accompanying old-style logbook shows the original owner to be one Ernest William Partington Veale of Golders Green, almost certainly the author of that same name. The current owner purchased 'MY 1044' in 1961, since when the bodywork has been restored (in the mid-1960s) and the engine rebuilt (around 1980). Last used in 2006 and described by the vendor as in generally good condition, its engine running well, this rare and highly desirable Vintage convertible is offered with the aforementioned old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.