1905 Alldays & Onions 10hp Twin-cylinder Three-seater  Chassis no. 829 Engine no. 1520

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Lot 514
1905 Alldays & Onions 10hp Twin-cylinder Three-seater
Registration no. AO 348 Chassis no. 829 Engine no. 1520

£ 22,000 - 28,000
US$ 29,000 - 37,000
1905 Alldays & Onions 10hp Twin-cylinder Three-seater
Registration no. AO 348
Chassis no. 829
Engine no. 1520

Footnotes

  • One of the UK's longest established engineering businesses, the Alldays & Onions Pneumatic Engineering Co. Ltd. of Birmingham, was set up in 1650 and commenced motor car manufacture in 1898 with a rather primitive quadricycle. In 1903 they built a more conventional, single-cylinder light car, however it was in 1905 that they marketed a 10hp twin-cylinder car which firmly established that company as a serious player in the motor car market. Alldays Cars exhibited on Stand no.66 at the SMMT 4th International Motor Exhibition at Olympia in November 1905. Their range included a single-cylinder 8hp model, the twin-cylinder 10hp model as this example, and a four-cylinder 16hp car. In addition they offered light delivery vans of 8hp and 10hp with quickly detachable van bodies which could be replaced with passenger seats. They proudly boasted that year that Alldays Cars had been awarded the Silver Medal by the Automobile Club for general construction, neatness of design and smoothness in running. The commercial traveller's market was one which Alldays & Onions actively cultivated. Three-seater coachwork was perhaps a little unusual at the time but Alldays produced such a model as offered here. It was not unusual for owners of these three-seaters to add an occasional front passenger seat which would fold down to provide simple access to the rear seats. The twin-cylinder 10hp engine was mounted vertically at the front in conventional style, featured mechanical valves and drove through a three-speed gearbox with quadrant change and final drive by shaft.

    A supplier's plate on this car, no.829, confirms supply through Alldays & Onions' London showrooms at 20 Bucklesbury (Mansion House) E.C. The old log book with the car dates back to 1925 when the car was in the ownership of W Goodchild of Threlkeld in the Lake District, where this car was originally registered. In June 1949 it was in the ownership of Quirks Garage in Keswick amongst other venerable machinery and in 1956 was acquired by Potter Brothers of Kirkby Stephen for their collection. It was recommissioned that year following 31 years off the road and took part in the 1956 VCC Northallerton Road Safety Pageant. Some six years later it changed ownership again, remaining in that ownership until a few years ago. In the present ownership the car has taken part in the Pioneer Run in Dublin on two occasions and the owner reports that the engine runs well and pulls strongly. The coachwork is finished in blue livery with grey and blue coachlining and upholstered in buttoned brown leathercloth. It comes equipped with bulb horn, Lucas No.722 oil side lamps, a rear-mounted spare wheel carrier and new tyres and tubes have recently been fitted. The car is VCC dated and eligible for all events organised by the VCC including the popular singles and twins rallies.
1905 Alldays & Onions 10hp Twin-cylinder Three-seater  Chassis no. 829 Engine no. 1520
1905 Alldays & Onions 10hp Twin-cylinder Three-seater  Chassis no. 829 Engine no. 1520
1905 Alldays & Onions 10hp Twin-cylinder Three-seater  Chassis no. 829 Engine no. 1520
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