The Early Years - Swallow Sidecars
Swallow Sidecar Company was formed in Blackpool by William Lyons, on his 21st Birthday on the 4th September 1922, with the nine year older William Walmsley as his equal partner. The company was formed with a bank overdraft of £1000 guaranteed by their respective fathers. The company was to produce sidecars for motorcycles, a follow-on of Walmsleys previous line of reconditoned war-surplus Triumph motorcycles and fitting of sidecars.
In 1927 the company announced the Austin Swallow Two-seater, a rebodied version of the seven-horsepower Austin Seven. Lyons quickly gained orders for close to 500 of the cars.
The Austin Swallow
In 1931 the sensational S.S.'s were launched. With a new chassis specially
designed and exclusively built for Swallow by Standard, Lyons was able to
design an extraordinarily low and dramatic body.
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