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Perry Motor Co

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November 1913.
November 1913.

Perry Motor Company of Tyseley, Birmingham.

The company can trace its roots back to 1824 when James Perry and Co made pens, later moving to Birmingham and adding bicycles components to their product lines.

1876 Name changed to Perry and Co

By the late 1890s they were having financial problems and were bought by James William Bayliss, part owner of the Bayliss-Thomas car making company

Their first car, a three wheeler, was made in 1899 followed by a forecar in 1903.

Cecil Bayliss, the son of the new owner, built a cyclecar in 1911 with 800 cc engine and this was developed into the first Perry car to reach production.

1912 Perry Motor Co was formed.

The engine for the car was built in-house and was a two cylinder unit unusual in that both pistons rose and fell at the same time. Drive was to the rear wheels through a 3 speed gearbox and worm drive axle. The basic body was an open two seater but a long wheelbase version allowing a dickey seat was also available. About 800 were made.

1913 Testimonial by S. W. Bayliss, director of Perry Motor Co, in a Brown Brothers advert for Brolt's reliable car lighting dynamo system [1]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book

A full sized car was introduced in 1914 with four cylinder 1795 cc engine. The larger car allowed four seat bodies to be offered as well as two seaters and these were mainly made by Mulliners of Birmingham. About 300 were made before World War I curtailed car building activities.

A very few were made in 1919 when the design was sold to Bean cars who reintroduced it as the Bean 11.9.

  • Notes:
    • A framed photograph of the front of a Perry car was seen in an antiques store in Honiton in 2007. (AIT)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 29 April 1913
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • Bean cars history: [2]