Clyno Nine 1927 to 1929

Clyno AdThe following is a quote from "The Vintage Motor car".The Clyno Engineering Company of Wolverhampton started life in a modest way with the manufacture of motor-cycles and it was not until 1922 that they entered the light-car market with a very cheap 10.8-h.p. four-cylinder light car of slightly more than usual crudeness. Unlike many other optimistic constructors whose cars were produced in a spasmodic and haphazard manner, the Clyno Company sensibly laid down an efficient production line from the first. They were thus able to keep up with the enormous demand for their cars, which enjoyed a quite astonishing and well-merited popularity for a few years. They were certainly one of the commonest sights on the roads in their heyday. No Clyno was of much technical interest; all models had side-valve four-cylinder engines by Coventry-Simplex with three-speed gearboxes, and no attempt was made to give them any but the most ordinary behaviour and speed. No special versions appeared in competition, though they made the obligatory attempts at the light-car trials of their time.
The Clyno was simply made, and quite pleasant to drive, for it had light steering and excellent brakes. But any in direct competition with the Morris " Cowley" had to maintain a high standard in more respects than these, and the car soon failed.
Production ceased in 1929, but not before the firm had made a final attempt at a £100 car, a conception which had been worrying designers for some time ( and which was finally achieved by Morris Clyno 9in 1932); but the Clyno Nine was not sufficiently good, even at £112. 10s., to restore the marque to popularity.

The Nine had a 951 c.c. side-valve engine, initially priced at £160 for a saloon and £145 for the four-seat tourer, finally dropping to £112 .Only about three hundred were produced before the company failed. Clyno had produced about forty thousand cars in seven years, but this was insufficient to survive in an increasingly competitive light car market.



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