1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175
Lot 219
1898 Daley Quadricycle
Sold for £29,900 (US$ 39,946) inc. premium

Lot Details
1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175 1898 Daley Quadricycle  Chassis no. 9175
1898 Daley Quadricycle
Registration no. BS8135
Chassis no. 9175
* Ultra-rare American make
* The sole surviving example
* Twin-cylinder engine
* Engine rebuilt in 2012
* Early London-Brighton starter

Footnotes

  • One M H Daley of Charles City, Iowa was the man responsible for this obscure and short-lived make, which has one of the shortest entries in The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. According to the latter, Daley was a maker of disc and lever harrows for agricultural use, who also harboured ambitions to become a motor manufacturer. 'In 1895 he built a very light 2-seater weighing only 195 pounds (88kg) and powered first by a rotary engine and then a more conventional 2-cylinder unit. The front wheels were held in bicycle-type forks, and could rise up to 12in (305mm) on uneven ground. He announced production in December 1895, the cars to sell at $500 each, but he built no more than six. In 1898 he informed The Horseless Age that he was "still at it" and may have made one or two more cars, but his main business was farm equipment.'

    Both the rotary engine and the conventional 700cc twin-cylinder unit that superseded it were designed by Daley, who is quoted in the Standard Catalog of American Cars as stating that the latter's advantage over a single was that 'one explodes while the other is compressing, giving an explosion every revolution, whether little or much power is used'. Fuel consumption of 100 miles per gallon was claimed.

    The twin-cylinder Daley quadricycle offered here is the sole survivor of the marque. Previously owned by John Barker, who carried out work on the engine, it has participated in several London-Brighton Runs, the last occasion being around 30 years ago. After spending some time in a museum collection the car was acquired circa 20 years ago by the immediately preceding owner, and following acquisition was carefully stored but not used.

    The current vendor purchased the Daley at Bonhams' sale of Veteran cars held at New Bond Street in November 2011 (Lot 203). Since then the car has benefited from a engine rebuild and work to the body carried out by NP Veteran Engineering Ltd (invoices on file). Since the rebuild's completion in 2012, the Daley has seen little use apart from a visit to a local classic car show in 2013 (event programme on file).
    An early London-Brighton starter, this unique vehicle is offered with a VCC Dating Certificate; V5C Registration Certificate; the aforementioned invoices; and various videos recording its participation in the London-Brighton Run.
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