History of Siva

The second design of the range - the Ford 103E (Popular) based Edwardian Tourer  
  The Tourer is by far the most numerous survivor of the Siva range of Edwardians probably due to the fact that four seats are much more flexible and there was always the "wedding trade" for some extra cash at weekends.  At least one car was professionally built from scratch for wedding hire and later became novelty transport for hotel guests in Blackpool.  Another spent some seventeen years as an attraction outside a restaurant in Chedder, Somerset. It is possible that this car was also "commercially" built (the name on the radiator being Batley - I believe).  There is also another "stretched" tourer in the South West again probably for the wedding trade.

New finds are continually surfacing and as with most novelty cars - no one ever throws them away!  Many of the cars being restored are being completed to much higher standards that were ever envisaged by the makers who stuck to the view that the Siva Edwardian was a cheap, fun summer runabout!  Coupled with Ford's legendary engineering these little Edwardian replicas will take you far and wide - weather permitting!

There are at least two styles of bulkhead - one with a central battery box built in the centre and the other much more numerous type without the battery box.  Some later cars utilised the Parisiene and San Remo style rounded mudguards but there are few examples of these surviving.  Many owners dispensed with the screw on fibreglass wheel trims and opted for either plain original wheels or went the route of making adaptors for artillery wheels.  Siva actually had cast 18" artillery wheels for the Ford and VW based cars.  There are no known survivors with these wheels unless you known something different....

Some of the professionally built cars sport buttoned upholstery rather than the supplied seat covers which relied on a draw-string to retain the cover on the seat back and base.  

A number of cars have had the windscreen made so that it folds down for more "wind in the hair" rides.  To be safe, this modification does need some retaining and support system to avoid the windscreen rising up at speed and clouting the driver.

One area for development is always going to be the hood on the 4 seater as the distance spanned by the fabric was twice as much as the 2 seater.  The consequence was that the hood would either "balloon" at anything over walking pace or just wildly flap as the white-faced owner gingerly tacked up the road.

The optional side-screens allow the tourer to be made up into a sort of mobile tent in wet weather but driving is strictly limited because any commercial vehicle that passes is likely to suck the adjacent side-screens out into the road.  In practice, it is better to wear a wet suit and dispense with the side-screens unless camping! The hood frame on the example below has been replaced with a much more durable design that doesn't flap but does take a while to erect.

Many of these tourers were painted in yellow probably because of Dr Who's Bessie but also because yellow just suits the car!  Individual cars sport a custom radiator grill because the original kit expected the 105E Anglia radiator to suffice with the header tank polished back to the brass. Some builders went further and built hinged bonnets as the original was a one-piece unit.

A common modification is to open up the front seat "box" and mount the battery inside (not on the running board as described in the instructions).  This also gives ample room for all the other paraphernalia that all old car owners need to carry.  On the example above, side boxes have been added below the running boards for extra storage (in this case bottles of wine collected in France!).


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