1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer  Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002

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Lot 465
1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer
Registration no. SV 8533 Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002

Sold for £ 11,787 (US$ 15,899) inc. premium
1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer
Registration no. SV 8533
Chassis no. 5002
Engine no. 4985002

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. Revived after WWI, the 10hp 'four' was periodically improved and up-dated throughout the 1920s, arriving in its final form in late 1926 with the introduction of the 1,190cc P-Type. The only other model in production by then was another four, the 12/35hp, which had been introduced the previous year and would up-rated for 1927 as the 14/40hp. Powered by 1,954cc sidevalve engine, the 14/40 incorporated four-wheel brakes as standard, semi-elliptic suspension, spiral bevel rear axle and an in-unit four-speed gearbox with right-hand change. 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. This particular Swift was sold new in Tasmania, there being little known of the car's history until it was purchased by Robert Smith of Sandy Bay, Tasmania in 2000. Since coming to the UK the car has been fully restored, painted and re-trimmed in brown leather, the engine overhauled, etc. Various rallies have been completed including the Swift Central Rally in 2002, 2003 and 2005, and the Automobile Tour Ireland in 2008. 'SV 8533' is finished in green with brown leather interior and comes equipped with rear Auster screen and luggage rack. Very well maintained, as indicated by numerous receipts on file for works carried out, the car is offered with Swift Care & Maintenance Handbook, copy Swift maintenance literature, FIVA passport, correspondence from a previous owner and the Swift Car Club, a quantity of expired MoTs, current road fund licence, Swansea V5 and MoT to July 2012.
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1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer  Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002
1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer  Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002
1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer  Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002
1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer  Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002
1928 Swift 14/40hp Tourer  Chassis no. 5002 Engine no. 4985002
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