1913 Perry 8hp Tourer  Engine no. O-96

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Lot 238
1913 Perry 8hp Tourer
Registration no. OB 9626 Engine no. O-96

Sold for £ 12,650 (US$ 16,639) inc. premium
1913 Perry 8hp Tourer
Registration no. OB 9626
Engine no. O-96

Footnotes

  • The history of the Perry company as a motor manufacturer dates back to the late 1890s when the ailing concern was acquired by James William Bayliss of Bayliss-Thomas. Founded in London by James and Stephen Perry, the firm made pens at first before relocating to Tyseley, Birmingham and diversifying into bicycle making. The first Perry motor car – a tricycle – was built in 1899 followed by a forecar in 1903, and then in 1911 James Bayliss’s son Cecil, aged only 19 at the time, designed a cyclecar powered by an 800cc Fafnir engine. When the latter proved insufficiently powerful, Cecil Bayliss designed an 875cc vertical twin-cylinder engine and the result was Perry’s first production model. Incorporating a 360-degree crankshaft, which meant that the pistons rose and fell together, the Perry engine drove via a three-speed gearbox and overhead worm-drive rear axle. The chassis was of 84” wheelbase and carried a two-seater body, a 90” version with additional dickey seat being added later. A doctor’s coupé was introduced in 1914, at which time a larger four-cylinder model was added to the range. Approximately 800 twin-cylinder and 300 four-cylinder Perrys were made up to 1916, the latter re-emerging in 1919 as the 11.9hp Bean, Harper Sons & Bean having taken over the Birmingham firm towards the end of WWI.
    This twin-cylinder Perry was purchased by the vendor from D M Cushings in 2006. The car was fully restored in the 1990s, receiving new paint and trim but retaining its original body, and since acquisition has undergone further mechanical refurbishment and general tidying. An electric starter has been fitted (no modifications have been made to the chassis) and the car is presented in very good order and ‘on the button’. Offered with VCC dating certificate, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/road fund licence, Swansea V5 and a purpose-built trailer, this charming Edwardian cyclecar is ready to be enjoyed by a fortunate new owner.
1913 Perry 8hp Tourer  Engine no. O-96
1913 Perry 8hp Tourer  Engine no. O-96
1913 Perry 8hp Tourer  Engine no. O-96
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