Lot 12

2021   |   Geared Online | June

1910 Briton Two-Cylinder 10/12 HP

From the Estate of Tony Chesters


£14,000 - £18,000





Car Highlights

A Beloved British Marque from Wolverhampton, UK
Sporting Open Two-Seater Design
Known History for the Past Six Decades
Lovingly Cared for in a UK-Based Collection of Veteran Cars
The Quintessential Pre-WWI British Roadster
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Joe Twyman

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 concierge@goodingco.com. Please note that the Seller of this Lot is a private individual.

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