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Coventry Motor Co

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The Coventry Motor Company was a firm of motorised tricycle makers based in Coventry.

1897 The Coventry Motor Company was started by Harry Lawson from addresses at Parkside, and Conduit Yard (off Spon Street). He purchased the UK rights to build the Leon Bollee design and called this new three-wheeled vehicle the 3.5 h.p. Coventry Motette and appointed Charles McRobie Turrell to manage affairs.

1898 April. An experimental automobile, the 'Spider' tested.[1]

1899 June. Turrell left the British Motor Co (presumably had incorporated Coventry Motor Co) to work with J. G. Accles.

Others working with Turrell were Frederick Henry De Veulle, John Russell Sharp, Ernest Rush Dell, William Letts and Percival L. D. Perry.[2]

1899 The company built motor cars with Daimler engines.[3].

1903 The Coventry Motor Co ceased to trade around 1903.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1898/04/30
  2. * Coventry’s Motorcar Heritage by Damien Kimberley ISBN 978 0 7524 5448 1
  3. The Derby Mercury 6 December 1899
  • [1] Coventry Transport Museum
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 8