Coventry's Motorcar Heritage by Damien Kimberley

By Damien Kimberley

Coventry, domestic of the cycle undefined, was once additionally to turn into the birthplace of the motor while the Daimler corporation grew to become the 1st in Britain to mass produce autos within the overdue 1890s.

Spearheaded by means of H.J. Lawson, Coventry quickly grew to become a hub of motoring task, and via the early 1900s was once teaming with small and massive businesses, trying out automobiles, motor-bicycles and tricycles round the neighborhood streets and surrounding state lanes. lots of those businesses had formerly been proven as cycle brands, but brought engines to their cycle frames in numerous varieties, in addition to generating more secure 3- and four-wheeled experimental machines. different businesses have been demonstrated exclusively as motor brands, many have been short-lived, yet others might live on and prosper.

This new-found quickly attracted a brand new kind of employee to Coventry, specialized in mechanical engineering. those males and their households got here from all components of the united kingdom and past, and made new lives for themselves within the city.

Coventry has been domestic to good in far more than a hundred self sufficient motor brands, yet lately town has suffered drastically with the lack of large companied like Jaguar and Peugeot. The legacy of a lot of those historical automobiles can, in spite of the fact that, nonetheless be loved via museums and personal collections.

This remarkable quantity is illustrated with 2 hundred archive photos and ephemera from the gathering held at Coventry shipping Museum, and is a beneficial list of the motor businesses and their machines, in addition to the people who either based and labored for those manufacturers.

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