Gables Service Station
1 July 2005
1931 SWIFT TEN COUPE
COACHWORK BY SWALLOW
Registration No. GN 4922
Chassis No. 4333
Engine No. 4333/433
Black over primrose yellow with black fabric seats
Engine: four cylinder, side valve 1,190cc, 10hp; Gearbox: four speed with right hand change; Suspension: front and rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum; Right hand drive
'GN 4922' is an example of a fine combination of two Coventry talents, being Swift who as detailed elsewhere in the catalogue had been building cars since the turn of the century, and Swallow, the coachbuilding firm that would become intrinsically involved with the Jaguar legend.
The Swift chassis is their 1,190cc four cylinder Model Ten which was introduced in 1929, and by 1930 sported a fashionable chromed ribbon radiator shell, while the coachwork is classic Swallow, carrying all their hallmark features from opening Vee-windscreens and peaked roof line, to rakish lines and arched rear. Surprisingly for a car of its proportions the interior is filled with features including a busy dashboard cluster of instruments, a circular ashtray and storage panels in each door.
An old buff log book and subsequent V5 document detail the known history of the car. It was first registered on 20th February 1931 in the London area and by 1948 lived with a Mrs R. Cooke of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. Road tax stampings confirm the car to have been on the road up until the end of 1962 for which it still wears its tax disc, shortly after which it came into the Sharpe Collection.
The attractive coupé has been cosmetically tided in recent times, and save for the engine compartment presents very well, while its interior appears to be substantially complete.
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