The Ashby was a cyclecar produced in Towcester, Northamptonshire, and Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Lancashire, between 1919 and 1924 by Victor Ashby and Son, who owned a garage in Towcester with manufacturing capabilities.

After returning from World War I, the younger Victor Ashby designed a cyclecar which came to the attention of aeroplane makers Short Brothers. Short Brothers employed six Ashby staff members, with the car being known as the Short-Ashby in 1921. Short Brothers withdrew their support in 1922 due to poor sales. The Ashbys then moved to Chorlton-cum-Hardy,[1] where production of a two-seater light car powered by a 970cc 8 hp engine, three-speed gearbox or four ratio friction drive, continued until 1924.[2]

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  1. Chorlton-cum-Hardy has been in Greater Manchester since 1974.
  2. Baldwin, Nick, A-Z of Cars of the 1920’s, Bideford: Bay View Books, 1998 ISBN 1-901432-09-2
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