Several years ago when I was still sending out a more or less weekly email with General BS about cars, I made a list of my suggestions for the 25 most beautiful car designs. One of the cars that made my list was the Squire. I’ll admit that the Squire is a rather obscure car, but none the less it is a beautiful car. As a result, I was very interested when a Squire was listed in the RM Auctions sale last weekend on Amelia Island. As it turns out, the Squire at the RM Auctions sold for $990,000.
This Squire Sold For $990,000 This Weekend on Amelia Island!(RM Auctions Photo)
The Squire was the product of the mind of Adrian Squire. His desire was to build an English car that would be able to compete on all levels with the day’s Alfa Romeos and Bugattis. And I think that he did.
The photos of the Squire below were taken by Rob Clements at Pebble Beach at few years ago.
The Squire Is a Very Impressive Car
Squire’s initial plan was to build his own engine as well, but he wisely decided not to do too much too soon, especially in light of the commercial problems that the Squire had. He made arrangements with an independent engine company, British Anzani, to supply engines for the Squire. However, British Anzani agreed to allow Squire to put his name on visible parts of the engine. The engine was a 1,496cc 4 cylinder twin overhead camshaft unit with a Roots supercharger which produced about 110 horsepower.
The Squire Looks Good From Any Angle
The performance of the car was good for a British car of that era. The car would accelerate from 0 to 60mph in about 12.1 seconds and had a top speed of 100mph.
What was also very impressive about these cars were the brakes. The brakes were very large. It was reported that the Squire stopped very well. The pictures of the Squire show that the drums are about as large as could be fitted within the wheels. In order to reduce unsprung weight in the car the finned brake drums were made from magnesium.
Look at the Size of Those Drum Brakes Behind the Wire Wheels!
The problem with the Squire was that the selling price about $5,000, which was too much for the market to pay for a car with a 1 ½ litre engine. As aresult, the sales were very poor and Squire was forced out of production after just a few units were built. About 10 units were built in total between 1934 and 1937.
After the demise of the Squire, Adrian Squire was working for Bristol cars, but he was killed during World War II and a great designer was lost. The picture of the Squire below was taken from “Sports Car of the World” by Ralph Stein published in 1952.
A Contemporary Image of the Squire
In 2001, a Squire changed hands at a Pebble Beach auction for $145,000, which at the time was thought to be a very high price as it was three times the pre-auction estimate. Now that looks like quite a bargain considering the $990,000 price paid this past weekend at Amelia Island.