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Lanchester: Ten

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October 1933.
May 1934.
1935. Lanchester LA10. 1,141cc. Reg No: BNA 856.
October 1949.

The Lanchester Ten announced in September 1932 shared its basic chassis with the BSA Ten which would be announced the following month. The design of its four-cylinder engine it shared with the six-cylinder Lanchester 15/18 (Daimler Light Twenty 16/20), which had been in production for twelve months, and its engine represented just four-sixths of the 1805 cc Daimler Fifteen announced with this Ten.[1] The smallest Lanchester ever produced it was also the one produced in the greatest numbers, with approximately 12,250 sold.[1]


The Lanchester Ten Saloon is produced by the Daimler organisation and is fitted with the fluid flywheel and pre-selective gear-box of the larger Daimler cars. This combination, in a vehicle of moderate price, brings one of the best features of top-grade motoring within reach of a wider circle of owner-drivers.

The saloon body is in coach-built style and is a rigid composite structure of steel, light alloy and timber.

The operation of the gear pre-selector system is simple. A finger-tip control below the steering wheel is used to select the required gear and, at the right moment, the change up or down is effected by operating a foot pedal. Also, the car can be brought to a standstill in any gear by simply applying the footbrake. The engine will continue to tick over while still in gear.

ENGINE. Type: 1.25-litre. Cylinders: 4. Bore X Stroke: 63.5 mm. X 101.6 mm. Compression ratio: 7 to 1. Maximum b.h.p.: 40 at 4,200 r.p.m. Rating: 10 h.p.

PERFORMANCE. Maximum speed in excess of 70 m.p.h. Fuel consumption: 28-35 m.p.g.

DIMENSIONS. Length: 13 ft. 2.25 ins. Height: 5 ft. 2.5 ins. Width: 4 ft. 10 ins. Wheelbase: 8 ft. 3 ins. Track: 4 ft. Weight: 2,464 lbs. Fuel capacity: 8 gallons, including 1.25 gallons reserve. Tyre size: 5.25 X 16.

BRAKES. Girling Hydro-mechanical.

PRICE. £725 plus £202.2.9 Purchase Tax. Total: £927.2.9.

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