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British Motor Traction Co

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January 1901. Share Certificate.
February 1901.
May 1901.

British Motor Traction of Coventry, and 40 Holborn Viaduct, London

1900 September. The British Motor Co was reorganised and renamed the British Motor Traction Co.[1][2]

1900 September. Harry Lawson circulates shareholders and offers to buy them [3]

1900 September. Expected to go public at £1,000,000.[4]

1900 December. 205,557 of 5% Shares offered.[5] [6] [7]

1901 May. Legal dispute against John Vaughan Sherrin over infringement of patents. Judgement for BMTC.[8]

1901 May. Attempted to set up a company called Daimler Wagon Co but the use of the Daimler name was challenged by the Daimler Motor Co who lost the case in the High Court on the grounds that they did not have exclusive rights to use of the name[9][10].

1901 June. Details of the Taylor motor bicycle. Engine alongside the front-wheel.[11]

1901 July. Legal action by British Motor Traction Co and British Motor Co against Friswell and Longuemare over infringements of the Maybach carburetter patents.[12] Action lost. Judge says patent is for method and not a machine and fails for want of novelty as it was anticipated by Wilkinson and Butler. Patents detailed: Maybach 16,072 of 1893; Edward Butler No. 9,203 of 1899 (judge considered this patent void); George Wilkinson No. 10,891 of 1890[13] Friswell was supported by the Automobile Mutual Protection Association and his winning of the case means numerous other actions are now struck out.

1901 October. Legal action by the British Motor Traction Co v. Century Engineering and Motor Co and also a case against Moore.[14]

1901 Humber built a four-wheeled car under licence from the British Motor Traction Co and powered by a 4.5 h.p. De Dion-Bouton engine.

1902 April. Petition to wind-up the company. '...presented to the said Court by Charles Friswell, a creditor of the said Company;...' [15].[16]

1902 May. Maybach appeal withdrawn.[17]

1902 November. Petition to wind-up the company up. '...presented to the said Court by the Holborn Viaduct Land Company Limited...'[18]

1903 May. Legal case. Lawson vs. The Company.[19]

1903 November. Company to be dissolved [20].

1908 Company to be dissolved [21].

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Sources of Information

  1. Cork Examiner - Tuesday 28 August 1900
  2. Irish Independent - Wednesday 03 October 1900
  3. Birmingham Daily Post, Tuesday, September 11, 1900
  4. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Friday, September 14, 1900
  5. The Standard, Tuesday, December 25, 1900
  6. The Morning Post, Tuesday, December 25, 1900
  7. The Times (london, England), Tuesday, Jan 29, 1901
  8. The Autocar 1901/05/18
  9. The Times, 14 May 1901
  10. The Autocar 1901/05/18
  11. The Autocar 1901/06/22
  12. The Autocar 1901/07/27
  13. The Autocar 1901/08/03
  14. The Autocar 1901/11/02
  15. [1] Gazette Issue 27425 published on the 15 April 1902. Page 32 of 86
  16. The Autocar 1902/05/03
  17. The Autocar 1902/05/10
  18. [2] Gazette Issue 27497 published on the 21 November 1902. Page 348 of 408
  19. The Times, Monday, May 11, 1903
  20. [3] Gazette Issue 27615 published on the 13 November 1903. Page 10 of 80
  21. [4] Gazette Issue 28154 published on the 3 July 1908. Page 24 of 100
  • Coventry’s Motorcar Heritage by Damien Kimberley. 2012. ISBN 978 0 7524 5448 1