1931 Swift 10hp P-Type Saloon  Chassis no. 43748 Engine no. 747

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Lot 405
1931 Swift 10hp P-Type Saloon
Registration no. CH 9973 Chassis no. 43748 Engine no. 747

£ 2,500 - 4,500
US$ 3,400 - 6,100
Withdrawn
1931 Swift 10hp P-Type Saloon
Registration no. CH 9973
Chassis no. 43748
Engine no. 747
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. Both larger and smaller models were made at this time using a variety of engine types, but the 10hp twin was Swift's most popular offering. The twin was replaced by a 1,122cc 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 (now displacing 1,190cc) incorporated front wheel brakes as standard and semi-elliptic front springing. With 21bhp on tap, the P-Type had a claimed top speed of around 55mph and could average as much as 37mpg, giving a range of around 200 miles courtesy of its six-gallon fuel tank. Swift continued to concentrate on the manufacture of small family cars, and as the firm made almost all of its own parts these were invariably of higher-than-average quality. Sadly, this policy did not enable it to compete with its mass-producing rivals and the firm struggled on until finally forced to close 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. Finished in blue/black with blue leather upholstery, the P-Type saloon offered here has been restored, although the date of its renovation is not known. The vendor advises us that the vehicle was acquired in full and final settlement of a debt, with ownership transferred and a duplicate Swansea V5 registration document applied for.

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1931 Swift 10hp P-Type Saloon  Chassis no. 43748 Engine no. 747
1931 Swift 10hp P-Type Saloon  Chassis no. 43748 Engine no. 747
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