Early Days

From 1922 to 1934

The pre-Jaguar era of sidecars and Swallow bodied vehicles, covering the period from 1922 through to 1934.

The Swallow Sidecar Company was formed in 1922 by partners William Walmsley and William Lyons, a partnership that continued until 1934 when William Lyons bought Walmsley out.

The business was established to produce sidecars for motorcycles and although several conventional designs were produced, their most famous was the Zepelin, an example of which is still owned by the Jaguar Heritage Trust. The success of this prompted William Lyons to consider building specialist bodies for existing motor cars and after purchasing an Austin Seven chassis in 1926, a prototype open two-seater body was constructed and named the Swallow. The business was renamed The Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company. From this original prototype a contract was agreed with the Henly’s garage to produce this model along with a saloon version.

Although the sidecars remained an important part of the overall business until the mid-1930s, the Austin Swallows were very popular and led to the supply of bodies on other makes of motor car, like Morris, Wolseley, Swift and Standard, the latter being of particular importance to the future of the brand.

Due to increased demand the business was moved in Coventry in 1928, the heart of the British motor industry, to gain important access to the necessary facilities for expansion. Due to the introduction of an entirely new brand of car produced by Swallow, the bodies produced on other makes of car were phased out by 1934, although sidecar production continued until the immediate post second world war period.

Although the sidecars are not covered by the Club, the early Swallow vehicles are looked after by the Pushrod Forum within the Club.

Model Summary

Model Type:

Early Days

Production Dates:

1922 - 1934

Early Days Events

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Ever thought of trying your car on the track or just want to experience the thrill in the hands of a professional tutor?Well now you can!...

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The 2017 Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Annual General Meeting at Jaguar Cars Limited, Castle Bromwich facility, Castle Vale, Birmingham, West Midlands.

The 2017 Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Annual General Meeting at Jaguar Cars Limited, Castle Bromwich facility, Castle Vale, Birmingham, West Midlands.

Club News

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Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2017, NEC is always a hectic affair for exhibitors and we at the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club are no different. We are looking for volunteers to help for a couple of hours each day to help us out....

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2017, NEC is always a hectic affair for exhibitors and we at the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club are no different. ...

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Book now for the classic event of 2018, Silverstone Classic. If you are a member of the JEC and want to come and enjoy the event, get your exclusiv...

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