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The Beaulieu Sale / 1914 Calcott 10½hp Two-seater plus Dickey Chassis no. 350

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Lot 583
1914 Calcott 10½hp Two-seater plus Dickey
2 September 2017, 14:30 BST
Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

Sold for £18,400 inc. premium

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1914 Calcott 10½hp Two-seater plus Dickey
Registration no. AY 3676
Chassis no. 350

*Rare early example of a short-lived make
*Purchased in 2005
*ex-Sharpe Collection
*Well equipped

Footnotes

Originally founded in 1886 as Calcott Bros & West, Calcott started out making bicycles and related components in the city of Coventry. When partner Enoch West left in 1891, the firm was reconstituted as Calcott Bros Ltd, and by 1905 had begun experimenting with motorcycles. Around 1910 Calcott introduced its first production motorcycle, and in 1913 launched its first four-wheeler: a 10½hp (1½-litre) four-cylinder light car designed by Arthur Alderson, formerly with Singer. It was made up to 1917 and revived after the war's end as the 1.6-litre 11.9hp, re-emerging in its original 10½hp form in 1922. Bodies were supplied by various independent coachbuilders, Calcott lacking body-making facilities of its own. In 1923 the firm launched its biggest model to date - the 13.9hp - which was followed by its first six-cylinder design - the 16/50 Light Six - in 1925. The latter's development costs bankrupted Calcott, and in 1926 the firm was taken over by Singer. Although the company existed only briefly and is long gone, Calcott's imposing works still stands in Coventry and is now a listed building. It is believed that only three or four Calcott motorcycles still exist together with around 20 cars.

Purchased at a UK auction in 2005 from the Sharpe Collection, having previously been museum stored, this 10½hp Calcott comes fully equipped with lamps and generator, oil sidelights, mirror, horn, spare wheel, and an effective windscreen and hood. It is offered with a file of history containing the following: a duplicate buff logbook; various old MoTs; printed digital photographs and copies of period photographs; copy original brochure; and copy of a period article entitled; 'Hill conquering in Kent, a weekend trial of the Calcott Light Car'. There are also miscellaneous bills for parts, including one for new crankshaft main bearings in 2010.

It should be noted that this car's date of first registration is recorded as 21st February 1921, this being shortly after the introduction of the Roads Act of 1920, which required local councils to register all vehicles at the time of licensing and to allocate a separate number to each. (Many vehicles, although in existence for several years in some cases, were only registered for the first time after the Act's passing). The Calcott is well known in Bean Club and Veteran Car Club of GB events. An older restored example AY 3676 was last used in 2015 and has been stored since and will require some gentle recommissioning before returning to active use.

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