Sold for £7,300
A 1924 Bayliss Thomas 10/22
Reg No. SV7705
Chassis No. 5263
Engine No. 5240.
Founded in Coventry in 1874, Bayliss Thomas & Co took its name from those of its two founders, and made bicycles and motorcycles under the 'Excelsior' brand name. Reconstituted in 1920 as the Excelsior Motor Co Ltd, by which time it had relocated to Tyseley Green, Birmingham, the firm introduced its first motor car in 1922, choosing to market it as a 'Bayliss-Thomas' to avoid any confusion with the Belgian Excelsior car. A wide variety of models were listed, all of good quality using conventional construction and making use of proprietary components. This car was an early example of the use of a Meadows 4EB engine and 3-speed gearbox. It is understood that Bayliss Thomas exported several cars of this period to Australia as rolling chassis to have coachwork fitted locally. The 4-seat tourer body is of a sturdy construction having the front seat back act as a brace across the body. The early Meadows 4EB engines are OHV units with in this instance a 1247cc capacity.
Brought back to the UK in 1999 the car has had several enthusiast owners, the history file shows that the engine was fully rebuilt in 2010 with new pistons, bearings, head and block machining and much more totalling in excess of £2000.
The car is finished in Cream with Black wings and nicely upholstered interior, a black hood and side screens are present.
Was driven in.
Engine was rebuilt approx. 10 years ago and has done approx. 6000 miles since.
Semi-regularly driven by the current owner, who bought it from a friend 6 years ago.
Bodywork sound but has blemished spots (poorly overpainted).
Door hinges require some attention but are fully working.
With side screens.
All nickel plate is tarnished with age.
Generally sound but with some wear consistent to age and use.
Condition reports must be considered as a matter of opinion and not fact.
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