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Chassis Construction Co

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Note - Possibly two unconnected companies

of Taunton

of Wolverhampton

Associated with C. Allen and Son

Business run by Arthur Allen

1906-1907 Produced automobile chassis 'C.C.C.' - some sold to the Bridgwater Motor Co

1919 Company formed. 'Chassis Construction Co., Ltd Private company- Capital £20,000. Objects: To acquire the interest, of the Chassis Construction Co., and the sole manufacture of Laurence Jackson motor-car and pressed steel motor frames, etc. Directors:— J. W. Brotherton, The Chestnuts, Oaken, near Wolverhampton; E. Crosse, 193, Waterloo road, Wolverhampton; L. Laurence, 26, Willow-road, N.W.3; J. Dawes, 25, Ellwys road, Coventry.'[1]

1919 Announced the Laurence-Jackson light car with either a water or air-cooled 8-10 hp V-twin JAP engine, four-speed and reverse friction transmission and final drive by duplex chain

Production lasted a year and few were built

1938 'Taunton Motor-Cars." In reply to the query from "A.Y.C." there was a motor-car named the "Taunton Car." but it was not made locally. Messrs. C. Allen & Son. Ltd., Tone Bridge Garage. Taunton, say that the Offices of the Chassis Construction Co. used to be at Tone Bridge Garage, Taunton, and that the Company consisted of local people, one of whom was Mr. A. Armitage. who lived at Haygrass. Taunton, and was one of the founder members and first honorary secretary of the Somerset Automobile Club, which was formed in 1904. The cars were assembled by Messrs. Allen & Son, at the Tone Bridge Garage, and some of them got into the hands of influential people, including the late Mr. C. E. J. Esdaile. of Cothelstone House, who ran his over two hundred thousand miles. Another of these cars was running about the Taunton district up to two or three years ago. when it had been transformed into a commercial vehicle.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Friday 28 November 1919
  2. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Saturday 27 August 1938
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0