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Company formed by Richard Stephens
1894 Produced the 'Clevedon Special' bicycle
1896 Established the 'Stephens Engineering and Motor Car Works'
1897 Started developing their first motor car with the backing of Sir Edmund Elton of Clevedon Court. 2000cc flat-twin transverse engine
1898 Showed his first car. Few made - possibly twelve.
1899 Report of successful runs.
Joined by Charles Benjamin Redrup. Initially he was a 'service engineer', but was soon involved in engineering design work, and also served as a driver of Stephens' cars, hackney carriages and buses (waggonettes).