After the War

From an old postcard.

An advert from 1920.

An advert from around the end of the First World War.
When hostilities ceased, normal production soon got underway, although selling prices were much higher than before the war.

The 15.9hp. model now sold for £750, and the 20.1hp. car cost £875.

Post-war inflation soon pushed-up the prices. By February, 1921 the selling price of the 15.9hp. tourer had reached £990, and the 20.1hp. tourer sold for a staggering £1,065, a great deal of money at the time, which made the cars almost unsaleable.

The prices soon fell however because of the post-war recession.

A 1920 Star 15.9hp. car, as found in 1961.

Courtesy of Peter Lisle.

An advert from 1919.
An advert from 1921.

In June 1921 Star introduced a new 11.9hp. car that had a 1.795litre side-valve engine, and a 3 speed and reverse gearbox, with central gear change. The following models were available:

Model  1921 price 1922 price
Chassis £395 £350
Two-seater £495 £450
Four-seater £545 £465
Two-seater coupé   £575
Four-seater all-weather   £650
Four-seater saloon   £725

An advert from 1922.

The 11.9 sold at the rate of 20 a week for the next few years, in a variety of body styles.

In 1923 it evolved into the 12/25hp. In May the following year, the 12/40hp. sports version with an overhead valve engine appeared.

B. N. Tearle's 11.9hp.1922 Star Dorado.

Mrs J. Collins' 11.9hp. 1922 Star Gold Medal

Star received a devastating blow on 14th February, 1921 when the company’s founder Edward Lisle took his own life by drowning in the canal at Coven. He had been suffering from a nervous breakdown after being put under a lot of stress when he bailed out the ailing Briton Motor Company.

In reality things weren't quite as bad as he imagined. Briton would soon be sold, and production at Star would continue to rise to its highest level.

Edward lived at 'The Oaklands' in Tettenhall, now known as the former public library in Regis Road. He was 69 years old when he died and had greatly contributed to Wolverhampton’s Royal School. In 1894 he generously provided the clock, and three years later the bells, that are in the tower of St. Luke’s Church in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, close to where he was born.


Edward Lisle. Courtesy of Peter Lisle.

Joseph Lisle, Managing Director of the Star Engineering Company Limited.
The Briton Motor Company changed hands as follows: In December 1921 the bank appointed receivers; Harold Jeddon and Edgar W. Woolley.

A month later a liquidator was appointed, the value of the company being assessed at £30,500. 

The business was soon sold to Charles A. Weight, and on 3rd October, 1922 estate agents Page and Sons sold the works to A. J. Stevens & Company (1914) Limited for £7,000.


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