The little Swift being offered for sale has a “punchy” twin cylinder engine, approximately 1800 cc, with pressure lubrication and 3-speed gearbox. The car performs very well on the road.
The Swift Motor Company started producing bicycles before diversifying into car production. Between 1906-1908, Swift Motor Cars won gold medals 3 years running in the Scottish Reliability Trials. This event was Britain’s most challenging motor event of the time. The 10-12 HP was in production from 1909 – 1912 and sold with a strong price tag of £230.
In 1965 this particular car starred in the famous movie Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and has been known to the VCC for over 60 years.
Chassis number 3648 carries engine number 3733 and is a highly original example of its type. It was previously part of the Sharp collection, famed for highly original vehicles and has had other notable owners from the veteran car community.
More recently, this car has been subject to a thorough mechanical restoration, carried out by Arthur Archer, with bills surpassing the car’s value. In the hands of the present owner, this car has participated in many veteran car events, including a tour of Wales.
Today, the car remains in a highly original condition and is on the button and ready for touring. We feel this car represents great value for money being a highly original veteran car with a hood, windscreen and capable engine.