1927 Swift 10hp P-Type Tourer  Chassis no. 29161 Engine no. 29161

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Lot 631
1927 Swift 10hp P-Type Tourer
Registration no. TE 128 Chassis no. 29161 Engine no. 29161

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 10,858) inc. premium
1927 Swift 10hp P-Type Tourer
Registration no. TE 128
Chassis no. 29161
Engine no. 29161
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 an 1,100cc 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 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 196 Swift motor vehicles of all types are known to survive worldwide, mostly in the UK but spread as far as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. One of only 12 known to exist, the P-Type offered here underwent complete restoration while in previous ownership and benefits from a recent engine and clutch rebuild. Finished in green/black with pleated green leatherette upholstery, varnished wooden dashboard and nickel-plated fittings, it looks very smart and is a guaranteed head-turner anywhere. Fitted equipment includes a bulb horn, Calormeter and Pratts two-gallon can on the offside running-board. The black-finished artillery wheels and lamps are correct for the model. We are advised that ‘TE 128’ has been successfully rallied this season, achieving three concours ‘firsts’, and that the engine is not yet fully run-in. Presented in good condition throughout, this rare and highly desirable vintage tourer is offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The car comes with a number of recent concours díelegance trophies.
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