1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006

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Lot 579
1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports
£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 16,000

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1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006 1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports  Chassis no. 9006
1928 Bayliss-Thomas 12/27hp Two-seater Sports
Registration no. UR 1291
Chassis no. 9006
*Short-lived British make
*Rare overhead-valve sports model
*One private owner from new
*Modified for trials
*Museum-owned since 1978

Footnotes

  • Founded in Coventry in 1874, Bayliss Thomas & Co took its name from those of its two founders, and made bicycles and motorcycles under the 'Excelsior' brand name. Reconstituted in 1920 as the Excelsior Motor Co Ltd, by which time it had relocated to Tyseley Green, Birmingham, the firm introduced its first motor car in 1922, choosing to market it as a 'Bayliss-Thomas' to avoid any confusion with Belgian Excelsior car.

    Light and medium-sized models ranging from 8.9hp to 13hp were produced using Coventry-Simplex and Meadows engines, and Bayliss-Thomas's own three-speed gearbox. Early models used Wrigley worm-drive rear axles, later types employed Moss spiral-bevel axles, while the 13/30hp was the sole model to have a four-speed gearbox. Only Meadows engines were used from 1924 onwards, with front-wheel brakes standardised in 1927. Production is thought to have ended around 1930 after in excess of 1,000 cars of all types had been produced. The company's much more successful motorcycles lasted until the mid-1960s.

    A rare 1½-Litre sports model fitted with a Henry Meadows overhead-valve engine, this particular Bayliss-Thomas was purchased new by Mr Walter Haward in 1928 and used regularly in trials events until 1956. It has been modified extensively over the years and incorporates a four-speed gearbox, shortened chassis, smaller wheels, and a lightweight aluminium body on an ash frame. In April 1974, Mr Haward bequeathed the car to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, which has been its custodian for the last 43 years. Kept on static display, the car has benefited from various restoration works carried out between 1975 and 2002, while the Museum advises us that the engine has been turned over regularly but not started for some time. Careful re-commissioning and the customary safety checks will be required before the car returns to the road. A relatively affordable entry into VSCC events.

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