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Petter and Hill and Boll

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1896. Petter and Hill and Boll's Autocar. From Left to Right: (Front) James B. Petter, H. W. Southcombe, (Back) G. B. Petter and E. W. Petter.

of Park Road, Yeovil.

1895 The Petter brothers designed the first internal combustion-engined motor car to be made in the United Kingdom. The car, using a converted four-wheel horse-drawn phaeton and a 3 hp (2 kW) horizontal oil engine, had a top speed of 12 miles per hour (19 km/h). The vehicle was constructed at the Park Road carriage works of Hill and Boll.

1896 Messrs Petter and Hill and Boll wrote to The Autocar to make it clear that the carriages they had made used "ordinary petroleum" both for starting and running, contrary to statements by other parties. The brand of petroleum was Royal Daylight; they claimed to be able to start within 7 minutes.[1]

Later Petter, Hill and Boll

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  1. The Autocar 1896/06/20