<b>c.1923 Gwynne Eight</b>

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Lot 333¤
c.1923 Gwynne Eight

Sold for US$ 8,680 inc. premium
c.1923 Gwynne Eight
Chassis no. 0083

850cc Overhead Valve Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
24bhp
3-Speed Transmission
Front and Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear brakes

*Likely the only example of this body style in existence
*Robust light car with powerful motor
*Offered out of long-term ownership
*Easy to park!


THE GWYNNE

Established in 1849 as an iron founding and pump manufacturing engineering firm, the manufacturing of automobiles would enter their range of products after the acquisition of the Albert car business. Entering the 'light' car market with their 'Eight' model, this diminutive machine served as a more robust alternative to a motorcycle and sidecar which could be bought for a similar price, 198 Guineas. Hardly a 'cyclecar', the Gwynne offered many of the features of a more substantial automobile. Powered by an 850cc motor, overhead valves helped provide roughly 24 horsepower.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

While difficult to confirm with absolute conviction, the Gwynne offered here is likely the only of its kind left in the world. Procured by its current family in 1965 from public auction in the U.K., the catalog had made mention that the owner at the time possessed the last name of MacGregor. The catalog further goes on to describe how it had been discovered in poor condition in the west country and had since received a restoration. The car was then said to have competed in a V.S.C.C race in the hands of MacGregor. At roughly the same point in 1965, a Motor Sport article citing a 1924 Gwynne with an owner of the same last name states that "this (Gwynne) is the actual Motor Week exhibit of 1924 and believed to be the only two seater with a body of this style." It is very likely the car mentioned in this publication is the very same car that went up for sale. Regardless, the family who had won the car at auction eventually imported the vehicle into the United States in 1975. Since then, it has been used sparingly and within the more recent history of the automobile, it has sat unused. However, the vehicle avoided falling into disrepair and today, is still a seemingly complete motorcar. While some dust and dirt have accumulated due to its hibernation, it should not take to much effort to bring the vehicle into working order.

A rather rare oddity indeed, the likelihood of running into another example like this in the States is rather low. With a lightweight construction and a peppy motor, this light car is sure to be an absolute joy behind the wheel.

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