1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)  Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753

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Lot 464
1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)
Registration no. ER 5711 Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753

Sold for £ 10,350 (US$ 13,960) inc. premium
1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)
Registration no. ER 5711
Chassis no. 3753
Engine no. 3753

Footnotes

  • Coventry-based bicycle maker Swift turned to motor manufacture at the turn of the century with a single-cylinder voiturette powered by a De Dion-style MMC engine, progressing to a 10hp twin-cylinder light car, entirely of its own design, in 1904. The twin was replaced by a 1,097cc four-cylinder 10hp model in 1914. By this time the range had expanded to include seven different models, the largest of which was the 18/24hp. Post-war rationalisation saw the line-up reduced to just two by 1921: the 10hp and 12hp, both of which were four-cylinder sidevalves. In 1925 the 12 was replaced by a new 12/35hp car powered by a 1,954cc engine, which would be carried over to the successor 14/40 model, introduced for 1927. Concentrating on the manufacture of small family cars while producing virtually all its own parts enabled Swift to beat its mass-producing rivals for quality but not for price. Given that the 14/40's chassis cost £265, which would have bought you a complete Morris Oxford saloon, it is perhaps not so surprising that Swift's factory was working at around half its maximum capacity by the mid-1920s, a state of affairs that led, inevitably, to its closure in 1931.
    According to the Swift Register, only 212 Swift motor cars of all types are known to survive worldwide (as of September 2010) mostly in the UK but spread as far as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. A most wonderfully original motor car with a superb history file (viewing essential) this particular Swift was purchased new by a James Bailey of Walden, Essex, who in 1935 gifted it to his son Edgar Bailey. He in turn sold it in 1958 to Colin Buckmaster of Ipswich, who sold it to John Allaway in 1960. Mr Allaway kept the car until August 2003 when it was bought by the current vendor. Over the years 'ER 5711' has been carefully maintained and was fully restored in 1984 (photographic record on file) remaining in generally very good condition.
    Well known, the Swift was used as part of the 1960s fund raising campaign to help children with cerebral palsy fronted by the television's 'Mr Pastry' (Richard Hearne), many images of which are on file, and took part in the 1973 London to Brussels Rally plus many others. The car comes with copy owner's manual and original 'Care & Maintenance' manual while accompanying documentation includes many old tax discs and MoTs (earliest 1961), old-style logbook, assorted correspondence, sundry bills, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2012 and Swansea V5. It should be noted that the latter records the engine capacity as 1,631cc (a size Swift never used) and the date of manufacture as 1926, which suggests that it may in fact be a 12/35hp model.
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1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)  Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753
1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)  Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753
1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)  Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753
1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)  Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753
1926 Swift 14/40hp Tourer (see text)  Chassis no. 3753 Engine no. 3753
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