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Lot 621: c.1913 Warne 986cc Two Seater Cyclecar

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (3 December 2007)

The cyclecar craze or �New Motoring� broke upon an unsuspecting public around 1910 and by 1912 supported sufficient fledging manufacturers to support its own magazine. The Cyclecar was first published in November 1912, and sold over 100,000 copies. Among the many hopeful makers who subsequently entered the ranks of cyclecar makers were Pearsall-Warne Ltd., of Letchworth, who made their first appearance in 1913.

The Warne employed a V-Twin 8hp J.A.P 986cc air-cooled engine mounted beneath a dummy bonnet, and relied on belt drive for its transmission. Originally sold for �99 in 1913 production ceased in 1915 because of the Great War. The example offered here was discovered in totally unrestored condition in mid-1994 in a stone outbuilding in the centre of Doncaster, at which time it still wore its original Leeds registration U 2214.

Bonhams consultant Mike Worthington-Williams reported the discovery in his Buried Treasures column in Classic Car Mart in June 1994, as a result of which the car was aquired by an enthusiast in Wales who restored it fully. Mike was then able to persuade the DVLA to reallocate the original registration number, which it still wears.

The car is described as running well with all cycle parts good, and the belt drive functioning correctly. Painted blue it comes with a Swansea V5C document and is eligible for events organised by both the Veteran Car Club of GB and the Light Car & Edwardian section of the VSCC. The latter club have mounted a number of events for cyclecars only, including this year a re-enactment of the "Lobster Supper", first organised by The Cyclecar Club back in August 1913, which attracted about 30 cyclecars and was much enjoyed by participants. A similar event is planned to commemorate the centenary of the Morgan marque, at which this Warne would be an ideal mount. A little attention to the braking department might be prudent first, however!

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
TypeCar
Lot Number621
Estimate£10000-£12000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1913
Condition rating0
Registration numberU 2214
Mileage-
Chassis number57
Engine number30860
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors