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The Calcott was a good quality light car which sold quite well until defeated by the big guns such as Morris and Standard. The company originated as Calcott & West in 1886, making bicycles and roller skates. A limited company was formed in 1896, making bicycles which were sold to other firms until 1915, but two years after that the first Calcott car was launched. The car had a 10.5hp 4-cylinder side-valve engine of 1460cc designed by Arthur Alderson who came from Singer, and after World War I would design cars for Lea-Francis. Calcott had no coachwork department, bodies being made for them by Hollick & Pratt, Cross & Ellis, Charlesworth and Tom Pass. The London store Harrods offered a sporty cloverleaf, possibly made by them.

Calcott’s finances, so encouraging immediately after the war when they paid a 40 per cent divided, were less satisfactory by 1925. Prices rose at first, then were drastically cut. The introduction of a 6-cylinder model for 1925 was not the best move in the circumstances. The cost of tooling up for the new model bankrupted the company and very few Light Sixes were sold. The factory, built in 1896 and now a listed building was taken over by Singer in 1926, although voluntary liquidation was not completed until 1927. Total Calcott production was about 2,500 of which fewer than 20 survive today.

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