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Blackpool Motor Car Co

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1899. Business for sale to include six 4-hp cars.

1897 July. 'There was quite a sensation yesterday in the yard the Agricultural Society when motor car filled with people came gliding rapidly into the yard, in and out of the crowd with sinuous ease and comparatively little vibration The car was one belonging to the Blackpool Motor Car Co, which already has a number of well-equipped, handsomely-made cars at work, taking passengers about the breezy environs of the Brighton of the North — trips that are even on the score of novelty vastly enjoyed. Just as Blackpool was one the first to adopt electricity as motive power for trams, so she is leading the way in illustrating the practical and economic value and comfort of horseless carriages, which are destined to revolutionise the methods of road locomotion and transport. The Blackpool Motor Car Company has been purchased by a syndicate which has large and realisable aims. It is proposed to establish a branch of the company in the popular and populous watering places on the British seaboard, and when we remember that motor vehicles can be run for a fraction of the coat of horse-drawn vehicles, with absolutely none of the risks attendant on animal life, the possibilities of profit open to the company are enormous, and seeing that the very latest and best form of motor car has been adapted for use, the prospect appears good one. The proposed capital of the company is £25,000. in £1 shares, and a reasonable computation of the result of fare receipts shows quite a great profit. The enterprise seems to have in it all the elements of success and will doubtless attract visitors. The details of the whole scheme are interestingly set forth in the well-written prospectus which appears in another column that we prefer readers should peruse it for their information to satisfy themselves the perfect soundness of the undertaking and the likelihood of big profits, and the inevitable growth of premium on capital value.'[1]

1897 August. Prospectus. Directors are; Alexander Dempster, AMICE, (Director of Sedbergh Gas Co); James Crabtree (Director of Victoria Pier); W. R. Ballantyne; John Robinson; Gavin James Hamilton; and John Harvey (Merchant of Manchester). 'Waggonette to carry eight persons (excluding driver) on Blackpool to Lytham route...'[2]


1899 In liquidation.[3]

1900 of Talbot Chmbrs., Talbot-sq., Blackpool. Regd. July 30, 1897. Cap. £25,000, in £1 she. Resolution to wind up passed Dec. 16, 1898. Mr. J. S. Barrow is the liquidator. Dirs., A. Dempster, J. Crabtree, W. R. Ballantyne, J. Robinson, G. T. Hamilton, J. Harvey.


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Sources of Information

  1. Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 30 July 1897
  2. Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 03 August 1897
  3. The Autocar 1899/04/15