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Lot 1068
1904 Star 7hp Twin-Cylinder Four-Seater Tonneau
Registration no. AF 3870 Chassis no. 124 Engine no. 114

£ 55,000 - 65,000
US$ 67,000 - 79,000
1904 Star 7hp Twin-Cylinder Four-Seater Tonneau
Registration no. AF 3870
Chassis no. 124
Engine no. 114
Edward Lisle was a pioneer in the Midlands motor industry and, like many of his time, graduated from bicycle manufacture to the new-fangled horseless carriage. He followed closely the latest development in motor car design, his early cars imitating the Benz design with a primitive, horizontal, single-cylinder engine providing power via belt and chain drive. Later cars adopted the De Dion pattern but by 1904 Star had adopted the Systeme Panhard, then generally recognised as the most efficient motor car design with vertical, forward-mounted engine and double chain drive. Lisle first introduced the 7hp twin cylinder Star in 1902, a 1 1/2 litre side-valve engine, driving through a three-speed gearbox with chain final drive. In March 1904 an enhanced model was shown at the Agricultural Hall and marketed for a not inexpensive £320, although this was still less expensive than an equivalent Panhard. The price reflected the quality which was the hallmark of the Frederick Street, Wolverhampton factory.
This superbly presented car first came to light in post-war years in 1952. It was soon acquired by V.C.C. Member, Geoffrey Edwards, who ran the car regularly for almost 30 years, taking part frequently in the London to Brighton Run for which it has an impressive record. During his and subsequent ownership the car has been the subject of considerable restoration to the very highest standards. The coachwork is a full four-seater tonneau with access to the two rear seats by means of a tilting front passenger seat, a delightful period-style feature. During the last 50 years the car has been actively rallied at home and overseas and this year completed yet another successful London to Brighton Run. At the end of that run the car was demonstrated to us and we can only express amazement at its lusty performance and remarkably quick turn of speed. The car is superbly equipped with Rotax oil side lamps, matching Lucas oil rear lamps, bulb horn and driver’s mirror, all fittings being presented in brass, complementing the striking two-tone green coachwork livery and the black leather buttoned upholstery. The car comes with a practical full tonneau cover.
The vendor advises us that this compact veteran car is exceptionally simple to drive and this was clearly demonstrated on our test run. The car started first swing from cold and had that unique feeling of a car which had been properly prepared in every fine detail. English twin-cylinder cars of this era are exceptionally rare and much sought after. This outstanding car is V.C.C. Dated and comes with a Swansea V5 registration document, current MoT certificate and licence.
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