1910 Maudslay “Sweet Seventeen” Tourer  Chassis no. 1100 Engine no. 1100

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Lot 172
1910 Maudslay “Sweet Seventeen” Tourer
Registration no. CL-656 Chassis no. 1100 Engine no. 1100

Sold for £ 36,700 (US$ 45,922) inc. premium
1910 Maudslay “Sweet Seventeen” Tourer
Coachwork by Maudslay

Registration no. CL-656
Chassis no. 1100
Engine no. 1100
The four-cylinder 3.3-litre “Sweet Seventeen” was perhaps the Coventry-based Maudslay Motor Company’s most famous model: this particular car was originally the demonstrator for Duff, Morgan & Vermont of Norwich, the Norfolk agent for the marque, and was sold by them to local draper Mr F.Loads of North Walsham, from whose executors George Milligen bought the car for £50 in July 1948. Mr Loads never drove the car himself, leaving that to his chauffeur, and when war broke out in 1914 the Maudslay was laid up and never driven again until it was acquired by George Milligen, who used it for a few rallies in the 1950s. Its condition is quite extraordinary and while the paint – a striking livery of eau-de-nil picked out in Lincoln green – was renewed, the upholstery is original, as are the fine Cape Cart hood and side curtains, which offer the absolute minimum of lateral vision to the occupants of the front seats and absolutely none to the rear seat passengers!

It is, therefore only a two-owner low-mileage car, something quite remarkable – and possibly unique to the Milligen collection - for a car that is 94 years old! George Milligen’s notes record that this car was the subject of a considerable mechanical recommissioning some years ago, which included a rebore, new aluminium pistons and new white metal big end and crankshaft bearings. He added that the car had not even been started after the overhaul, and would therefore need a lengthy period of running in at 25-30 mph. Its true top speed is in the region
of 50 mph.
Accessibility was a particularly strong point of the Maudslay, and this car has large inspection plates on the side of the crankcase to allow the bearings to be inspected. A particularly clever feature is the way that the overhead camshaft can be swung aside to allow the valves to be serviced without affecting the valve timing.

This Maudslay has a four-speed transmission with direct drive on third and an overdrive top gear, and is particularly well-equipped: it has a Gabriel three-note exhaust horn mounted on the nearside running board, a handsome pair of “Goldenlyte” headlamps with a running board-mounted acetylene generator and Lucas oil sidelights.
Produced by one of the great names in engineering, which had made steam engines in Lambeth as far back as 1790 and built the huge paddle engines of Brunel’s giant transatlantic ship Great Eastern, the “Matchless in Merit” Maudslay was one of a select few makes distinguished by a circular radiator. The first Maudslay car was designed by Alex Craig – who also designed the power units of the first Standard and Lea-Francis cars – and appeared in 1902. Remarkably, it had an overhead camshaft and full-pressure lubrication, features of every subsequent Maudslay car. Unusually, the first Maudslay had a three-cylinder engine, and by doubling this, Maudslay was able to enter the six-cylinder market as early as 1904.
1910 Maudslay “Sweet Seventeen” Tourer  Chassis no. 1100 Engine no. 1100
1910 Maudslay “Sweet Seventeen” Tourer  Chassis no. 1100 Engine no. 1100
1910 Maudslay “Sweet Seventeen” Tourer  Chassis no. 1100 Engine no. 1100
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