1926 Clyno 10.8hp Tourer  Chassis no. 13797 Engine no. 13797

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Lot 633A
1926 Clyno 10.8hp Tourer
Registration no. YO 2193 Chassis no. 13797 Engine no. 13797

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 10,492) inc. premium
1926 Clyno 10.8hp Tourer
Registration no. YO 2193
Chassis no. 13797
Engine no. 13797

Footnotes

  • Cousins Ailwyn and Frank Smith had founded the Clyno Engineering Company in 1909 for the purpose of marketing an adjustable belt pulley for motorcycle transmissions, soon turning to the assembly of complete machines using Chater Lea frame fittings and Stevens engines. After WWI the firm abandoned motorcycle production and was reformed as the Clyno Engineering Company (1922) Ltd whose first product was a Coventry-Climax engined light car. That first 1.4-litre (10.8hp) model would turn out the be the firm’s biggest success, swiftly establishing a reputation for unrivalled reliability, pleasant driving characteristics and willing performance that saw sales reach 12,000 units annually by 1926/67. The Clyno was direct competition for the Morris Cowley, and the Wolverhampton firm decided to extend its model range to take on larger rivals, such as the Oxford. Rushed expansion and the coincidental relocation to a new factory led to a drop in build quality. Clyno’s reputation suffered and in 1928 main distributor Rootes dropped the make. Nevertheless, Clyno continued to introduce new models, including a 9hp, but the 1929 trade recession was one setback too many, resulting in the firm’s bankruptcy that same year.

    This four-seater tourer dates from Clyno’s pre-expansion heyday and was used as a taxicab in Liverpool during the 1920s. Restored, it is believed, during the 1970s, the car has been in the vendor’s wedding fleet for the past 3½ years. It is offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.

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