1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé  Chassis no. 4333 Engine no. 4333T

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1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé
Registration no. GN 4922 Chassis no. 4333 Engine no. 4333T

Sold for £ 13,225 (US$ 17,838) inc. premium
1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé
Registration no. GN 4922
Chassis no. 4333
Engine no. 4333T

Footnotes

  • ‘Invest in a Swift – the dividend is carefree motoring’ – so wrote Swift’s advertising people in the 1920s. Swift of Coventry, like so many other Midlands motor manufacturers, had progressed from cycle to car manufacture at around the turn of the century. They were generally noted for small to medium power range cars and attracted a loyal following. Unsurprisingly, because of their Coventry location, a good number of chassis were consigned to the Swallow Coachbuilding Company at Foleshill, this company being renowned for its stylish coachwork, generally presented in alluring two-tone colour schemes. At the 1930 Olympia Motor Exhibition, Swallow Coachbuilding Co. displayed a 10hp Swift saloon alongside Standard and Austin models, while Swallow also produced coachwork for the likes of Fiat, Wolseley and Morris. The Swift Ten was an 1,190cc model introduced in September 1928 and updated in September 1930 to feature a rear petrol tank with Autovac feed, a centre striped radiator and large-hub wire wheels. The saloon version in standard form cost £259 although with Swallow coachwork retailed at £278. A sprightly 68mph performance was claimed with 35-40mpg fuel economy.

    In all respects this car reflects the distinguished Swallow styling, with gently veed two-piece windscreen, curved and peaked roof line and two door, four seat coachwork. Typical Swallow features are the nautical scuttle ventilators and the roof ventilation hatch. GN 4922 was first registered on 20th February 1931 in the London area and by 1948 lived with a Mrs R Cooke of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. A dashboard plaque suggests supply by Henlys – their reference no.13904. It appears that the car remained in use until 1962 and then passed into the famous Sharpe Collection that was dispersed at auction in 2005. The car is comprehensively equipped with Rotax lighting and Smiths instrumentation, the engine compartment features vertically-stacked dynamo, magneto and starter motor, Solex carburettor and Autovac fuel feed. The interior features much originality although careful conservation will be required. It is not known when the car last ran – we feel it may be some considerable time ago. This stylish and exceedingly rare model is offered with a Swansea V5C registration document.
1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé  Chassis no. 4333 Engine no. 4333T
1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé  Chassis no. 4333 Engine no. 4333T
1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé  Chassis no. 4333 Engine no. 4333T
1931 Swift Ten Two-door Coupé  Chassis no. 4333 Engine no. 4333T
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