Hornet Specials no.9

By January 13, 2017Hornet Specials

In early 1931 the Swallow Coachbuilding Company of Foleshill, Coventry launched two versions of their Hornet coachwork. Both were open types, a  boat-tailed two-seater and a flat-backed four-seater. Seen here is a heavily re-touched Autocar image of the beautiful open two-seater parked outside of one of Henley’s two Great Portland Street, W1 premises prior to their move to 385/387 Euston Road, NW1. The car initially retailed for £220, a full £5 more than the similarly specified Eustace Watkins offering. Swallow offered the models in a range of two-tone colour schemes which included matching interior trim and hood fabric. The firm’s Hornet models proved to be very popular and continued in production until early 1934. (Image courtesy LAT Images)