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Kingsbury Junior.

Until the popularity of the low-cost Austin 7, which made its debut in 1922, established itself within the minds of the motoring public, many small concerns saw and grabbed the opportunity to exploit the burgeoning interest in the motor-car. Here is an example of just such a machine, the Kingsbury Junior, designed as so many Light Cars of the day were, to offer low-cost motoring to the masses.
David Taylor was kind enough to send over this photo, and allow it to be published on OCC. The car belonged to his grandfather, although in this photograph two youths - rather than anyone of driving age - are shown sat in the lightweight car. David's family were keen to establish the make and model of car. I didn't recognise it, but fortunately a learned contact of mine in the VSCC was able to confirm the id.
The car was a strict two-seater, with a simple flat windscreen and a basic hood. Note the minimal lighting equipment.
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Photo of a Kingsbury Junior with two boys sat in it
The Kingsbury Junior was made between 1919 and 1922 only, the company previously having built aero engines. Propulsion was provided by a flat-twin Koh-I-Noor engine of 1017cc, coupled to a three-speed gearbox. Magazine "The Light Car and Cyclecar" in 1919 stated that the Junior was "An Extremely Interesting Light Car", in typically restrained terms. An advertisement from 1919 announced that the new machine would be available for inspection at London and Midland Motors Limited, of 445 Oxford Street in London.
The manufacturer, to give it its full name, was the Kingsbury Engineering Company Limited, of Kingsbury, London W9. Georgano's encyclopedia lists the engine as being a 1021cc unit (whereas the advertisement says 1017cc). The horizontally-opposed Koh-I-Noor engine was of Scottish manufacture, produced by the Kennedy Motor Company, the creators of a short-lived car called the Rob Roy which utilised the same motor. While Kingsbury had big plans for production, not just of cars but also motorcycles and a compact scooter, the business entered liquidation in 1921, with the remaining stock continuing to be on sale until the following year.
Advertisement from 1919 for this car
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