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Bow-V Cyclecar 1922.jpg
The Bow-V car from Motor Cycle magazine 1922
Manufacturer Plycar Company
Production 1922-1923
Assembly Upper Norwood, London, UK
Designer Charles Frederick Beauvais
Body and chassis
Class Cyclecar
Body style Two seat open tourer
Layout Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout
Engine Precision air-cooled V-twin engine, kick start
Transmission Jardine four speed gearbox
Wheelbase 2,133.6 mm (84 in)
Width 1,295.4 mm (51 in)

The Bow-V-Car was an English cyclecar manufactured from 1922 to 1923 by the Plycar Company of Church Road, Upper Norwood, London. The car was designed by Charles Frederick Beauvais who was later better known as a stylist working for coachbuilders New Avon Body Company.[1]

It had an integral chassis/body made largely of plywood, with a tubular frame at the rear for the engine and transmission. The engine was a rear-mounted, air-cooled (fan-assisted), 10 hp vee-twin engine made by Precision[2] and equipped with a Degory carburettor. Transmission was via a four speed Jardine gearbox.[3] Final drive to the rear axle was by chain, the rear chain tension being adjusted by moving the axle in the frame. A lever offered a combined exhaust lifter and connection by rod to a "kick-starter". As regards the brake and clutch pedals the pivot point can be moved so as to adjust the leverage to suite the driver. The brakes (on two wheels) were of external contracting type.

Cantilever springs were supplied for the suspension with rubber buffers to further lessen road shocks.[3] The engine and transmission were unsprung weight, Each car was provided with 5 of 650 by 65mm Lynton disc wheels. The wheelbase was 7 ft, the track 3 ft 5in, and the overall width 4 ft 3in. With two seat open body the car was advertised in 1922 at £180 (£200 with lighting set).[3] Very few were made.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles
  2. ^ Baldwin, Nick (1994). The Automobile A-Z of Cars of the 1920s. Bideford, England: Bay View Books. p. 45. ISBN 1901432092. 
  3. ^ a b c "A four-wheeler on Motor Cycle lines", Motor Cycle, 22 June 1922, p840