1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133

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Lot 337
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar
Registration no. FP 372 Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133

Sold for £ 20,987 (US$ 28,309) inc. premium
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar
Registration no. FP 372
Chassis no. C368
Engine no. E2133

Footnotes

  • 'Kuklos', the motoring correspondent of the Daily News, writing in 1911 of the single cylinder 7hp Swift, said "The Swift Motor Co. Ltd. can honestly claim, I believe, to have been the pioneers in this country of the small car movement" and went on to add, "Their 7hp two seater is a beautiful example of the best work of the modern locomotive engineer, and there are few such clean and thoughtful specimens of his work as the power unit of this muscular motorkin".

    The single cylinder 7hp car was replaced for the 1912 Season by another muscular motorkin, the twin-cylinder Swift Cyclecar, which, exploiting the burgeoning fashion for cyclecars at that time, was exhibited at the Cycle and Motor Cycle Show at Olympia that year. Powered by a 972cc engine, the new Swift had thermo-syphon cooling, magneto ignition, leather-to-metal clutch, three forward speeds and reverse and a live rear axle.

    This example was first registered in Rutland in 1913 and has been known to the Veteran Car Club since 1959 when Dating Certificate no.762 was issued. It was acquired by the Max Lips Collection in Holland in 1969 and was museum displayed there for some thirty-five years before passing to another museum collection on The Isle of Wight. This attractive diminutive Edwardian cyclecar is presented in green livery with black wings and wire wheels. The patinated brown leather upholstery and hood will perhaps benefit from attention but the car is otherwise attractively finished and equipped with brass acetylene headlamps, double twist bulb horn, folding brass windscreen and the minimal dash is furnished with a Stewart speedometer. Rally plaques confirm active activity in VCC events during the period 1958-1961 and the tax disc suggests that this car was last used actively in the U.K. in 1968.

    It comes with a VCC dating plate, correspondence from the Swift Register confirming its authenticity, old tax discs, correspondence from previous owners and a Swansea V5C registration document. This charming cyclecar, eminently eligible for the amusing 'Festival of Slowth' events run by the cyclecar group within the VSCC, has seen minimal use in recent years and the usual careful recommissioning is advised.
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1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
1913 Swift 7hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater Cyclecar  Chassis no. C368 Engine no. E2133
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