1901 Stirling 5hp Dos-à-dos Light Dog Cart  Chassis no. 443 Engine no. 443

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Lot 147
1901 Stirling 5hp Dos-à-dos Light Dog Cart
Registration no. CXI 593 Chassis no. 443 Engine no. 443

Sold for £ 55,950 (US$ 69,769) inc. premium
1901 Stirling 5hp Dos-à-dos Light Dog Cart
Registration no. CXI 593
Chassis no. 443
Engine no. 443

Footnotes

  • Bicycle manufacturer Adolphe Clément took a quantum leap forward into the very infant motor industry in 1899, acquiring from Panhard et Levassor the licence to build a light voiturette, adopting a rear-mounted single-cylinder engine. Marketed in its native France as a Clément Panhard, the Commandant Krebs-designed car proved relatively reliable and attracted commercially viable numbers of customers away from their more traditional horse power. Scottish coachbuilders, J & C Stirling of Hamilton, had entered the motor industry in 1897, initially building Daimler-type cars with Stanhope, Dog Cart and Wagonnete bodies. In 1900 John Stirling, founder of The Scottish Motor Trades Association, acquired the rights to supply the 5hp Clément Panhard and these were marketed by Stirlings Motor Carriages Ltd. of Charing Cross, Glasgow, variously described as the Stirling, Panhard-Stirling or Clément Stirling. The Light Dog Cart sold for £165 guineas.

    This car was supplied in 1901 to John Pyatt, a Scotsman living in South Africa and noted biscuit manufacturer. Remarkably this vehicle remained on the Pyatt estate near Port Elizabeth until 1953 although it was not in running order when Pyatt and his bride of fifty years were photographed on it in 1935. It was rescued for preservation in about 1953 by South African enthusiast Geoff Watson, remaining in his family for thirty years. In 1983 it was acquired by the previous owner who brought the car to England, participating in the London to Brighton Run in 1986, following a two-year major mechanical restoration. The car has participated successfully in the Brighton Run during the Ward Brothers’ ownership. This Light Dog Cart is well capable of carrying four people in dos-à-dos formation and is tastefully presented in red livery with black mouldings and furnished with patent leather mudguards and buttoned black upholstery. It is equipped with period candle-powered side lamps and a comfortable ride is provided by semi-elliptic front springs and full elliptic rear springs. The car runs on pneumatic tyres – a sensible conversion from original specification. A plaque on the rear of the car confirms supply by Stirling’s Ltd of Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

    Scottish cars rarely come to the open market, generally changing hands privately amongst Scottish enthusiasts. Here is a well-travelled Scottish car in remarkably original condition and offered with an outstanding history file. It comes also with a Swansea V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle comes with a current MoT certificate.
1901 Stirling 5hp Dos-à-dos Light Dog Cart  Chassis no. 443 Engine no. 443
1901 Stirling 5hp Dos-à-dos Light Dog Cart  Chassis no. 443 Engine no. 443
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