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LOT 74

1921 Swift 12hp Two-seater with Dickey Registration no. VSU 913 (to be confirmed) Chassis no. 3173 Engine no. M764

Sold for £12,375 inc. premium
Lot 74
1921 Swift 12hp Two-seater with Dickey
Registration no. VSU 913 (to be confirmed) Chassis no. 3173 Engine no. M764

1921 Swift 12hp Two-seater with Dickey
Registration no. VSU 913 (to be confirmed)
Chassis no. 3173
Engine no. M764

Odometer reading: TBC
MOT: Exempt

*Rare survivor of a quality make
*An older restoration
*Recently re-commissioned

Coventry-based bicycle maker Swift turned to motor manufacture at the turn of the 20th Century with a single-cylinder voiturette powered by a De Dion-style MMC engine, progressing to a 10hp twin-cylinder light car, entirely of its own design, in 1904. The twin was replaced by a four-cylinder 10hp model in 1914, a 12hp four being added at the same time. A new '12' was announced in March 1919, joining the pre-war '10'. Concentrating on the manufacture of small family cars while producing virtually all its own parts enabled Swift to beat its mass-producing rivals for quality but not for price, a policy that led, inevitably, to its closure in 1931. According to the Swift Register, only some 200-or-so Swift motor vehicles of all types are known to survive worldwide, mostly in the UK but spread as far as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
This Swift was sold new via F N Morgan of Newport and probably registered as 'TJ 3457' originally. No further history is known until the 1980s/1990s when the car was restored in England and reregistered as 'VSU 913' (photographs on file). The Swift came to Jersey in 1996 and was actively campaigned in club events on the island. Purchased by the current vendor in November 2019 following a period of inactivity, it was then re-commissioned, being serviced and fitted with new Blockley tyres, new carpets, new battery, etc (bills on file). Reported as running well, this charming Vintage-era Swift and is only sold because the vendor no longer has time to enjoy it.


Vendor Score Total: 61 /100

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Key for sellers' assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 4
Paint: 3
Glass: 4
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 0
Wheels/Tyres: 3

Gearbox/Clutch: 3
Axles: 3
Suspension: 3
Brakes: 3

Seats: 4
Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
Headlining: 0
Trim: 4

Main components: 4
Ancillary components: 4

Starting: 4
Running: 4
Under Bonnet: 3
Mechanical components: 4

Car History File: 0

Saleroom notices

Please note we have an up to date V5 and registration number now Please note the Swift has now been correctly imported to the UK, taxes paid and registered – the registration number VSU 913 has been reissued by the DVLA. The displayed mileage is 1,734.

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  • 10 December 2021, 09:00 - 18:00 GMT

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