Saxon produced over 100,000 cars between 1914 and 1922, and at their height they became the eighth largest manufacturer in the world; now they are all but forgotten, even in America, and perhaps as few as 150 have survived into the 21st century. Marketed as "a light car, not a cyclecar", the Roadster, retrospectively given the title Model A, was launched at the New York Motor Show in January 1914. It was fitted with a 1440cc Continental engine, and was equipped with a two speed transaxle transmission. This example is one of the very first, having been built in late April, and is believed to be the second oldest survivor and one of just a few fitted with wire wheels. It is one of just four in the UK. My Saxon was restored in the early 1970s for Don Garlitz, subsequently passing through a number of museums and collections without turning a wheel in anger, before I imported it in 2011; it has now been on the road since March 2012. It presents very well, although in no way can it be described as concours, the restoration work is now at least forty years old and there are minor blemishes giving it a well-used look. The leather upholstery and fabric hood are in excellent condition, and the engine starts - hot or cold - on the second pull of the handle (there is a modern electric starter fitted, but I haven't found the need to use it under most conditions); the original acetylene lamps have been converted to electric. The car drives very nicely, with light steering and a comfortable ride. Initial performance is very similar to a Vintage Austin Seven, but 30-35mph is plenty fast enough with two-wheel brakes and no shock absorbers! It has a VSCC Buff Form, and is eligible for both Edwardian and Light Car events, although I have not used it for such. Having owned it for five years, I now have an itch for something else, so I am putting it on the market to see if there is any interest. I am not desperate to sell, but there are other cars out there that are tempting me! If it fetches my asking price, I will include my collection of period photographs, articles, adverts and brochures; I will also include an elderly two-wheeled braked trailer (probably an old caravan chassis) and a five-year-old Airchamber.
|Make||British Classic Cars|
|Category||British Classic Cars, Classic Cars, Saxon|
|LHD / RHD||LHD|
|Private / Trade||Private|
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|Advert placed on||January 14, 2016 10:41 am|