Auctions and Brokerage
From the Estate of Tony Chesters
The Briton Motor Company, Ltd., of Wolverhampton, UK, existed from 1909 to 1929, and was an offshoot of the Star Cycle Company, which can be traced back to as early as 1876. The “Little Briton” was built and marketed as a high-quality, low-priced light car, and the company found its greatest success with its two-cylinder, 10 hp model. Bodies were sourced from Star, and engines continued to develop on a small scale. In 1912 and 1913, the company participated in several reliability trials, winning a number of gold and silver medals. The company survived several moves to alternate factories, and vehicle production continued through WWI, alongside government-mandated production of shell casings for the war effort.
This two-cylinder, 10/12 hp Briton roadster joined the consignor’s collection in the early 2000s, and had previously been exhibited in the Midland Motor Museum, which highlighted cars made in the greater Birmingham, UK area. Finished in a lively green with black upholstery, the two-seater’s brass accessories accent the sporting design. The Briton is accompanied by a fascinating file which traces the history of the Briton company and surviving examples, and includes a copy of its UK registration book, dating to 1954, as well as its Veteran Car Club certificate, touting the car’s 1910 build date.
One of the most beloved marques hailing from the UK’s industrial north, the “Little Briton” was an affordable car of high quality and this example is a fine testament to the company and to British ingenuity.
*Please note that this lot is currently located in the UK. It is UK registered and has a UK DVLA-issued V5C. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Seller of this Lot is a private individual.
Important Notice Regarding Registration Information: As set forth more fully in the General Conditions, the Buyer is responsible for determining the relevant taxes and duties payable, as well as any import regulations that may apply, and for examining any and all documentation pertaining to the title or registration provided by the Seller and made available by Gooding prior to the Auction, and for determining whether a Vehicle is or can be registered. To assist the Buyer in making such determinations, Gooding provides the information herein regarding the tax or registration status of a lot, as well as any ownership or registration papers that may be supplied with it. This information is provided solely as a helpful reference to the Buyer. It should not be relied upon or substituted for the Buyer’s own due diligence. Gooding is not responsible for any errors or omissions regarding information provided herein, as set forth more fully in the General Conditions.