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1896. Kane-Pennington Motor.
1896. Kane-Pennington Motor.
1896. Kane-Pennington Motor.
1896. Kane-Pennington Motorcycle.
1896. The Pennington "Victoria" at the Nunhead Grounds.
1944. Kane-Pennington Engine.
1944. Kane-Pennington Victoria.
1944. Kane-Pennington Motor Bicycle.

The Kane-Pennington motor (engine) was developed for use on motor bicycles and subsequently applied in the Racine motor car. It was based on the patent of Thomas Kane with some modifications[1], which patent had been acquired from Edward Joel Pennington

1890 An engine of the type later known as Kane-Pennington was first constructed by Edward Joel Pennington, using tubing[2]

The Kane-Pennington motor was the name given to vehicles using the engine, one of which took place in the Paris-Bordeaux race of 1895.

1896 January: The Pennington "Victoria" was demonstrated by Mr Pennington (presumably Edward Joel Pennington) at Nunhead.

1896 British Motor Syndicate of Coventry showed a vehicle with a Kane-Pennington engine at the 1896 Horseless Carriages Exhibition[3] and at the 1896 Motor Show

Represented by T. Coulthard and Co of Preston (see advert)

1896 Great Horseless Carriage Co formed by Harry Lawson with the objective of gathering under one management all the patent rights held by the British Motor Syndicate other than those related to cycles; these included Daimler, De Dion, Bollee, Kane-Pennington, Garrard and Blumfield and Serpollet systems[4].

After this time the English cars were presented as Penningtons

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1896/01/31
  2. Autocar 1896/01/04
  3. Vital to the Life of the Nation. Published 1946.
  4. The Pall Mall Gazette 19 May 1896