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Rover Cycle Co

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April 1899. Ladies Imperial Rover.
March 1904. Imperial Rover.
c1905. Rover Imperial Ladies Roadster. Exhibit at the Scottish Cycle Museum.

Formerly J. K. Starley and Co

1896 A public company, the Rover Cycle Co, was registered on 13 June, to take over the business of J. K. Starley and Co. Directors are: F. D. Dixon-Hartland, Alfred H. Griffiths, Richard R. Beard and J. K. Starley. The works consisted of three factories and a floor area of more than 40,000 square feet. [1] [2]

1896 Other records say Harry Smith was MD at this time

Designer Edmund W. Lewis joined from Daimler

Ernest Forrester joined as Chief Tester

1904 Announced details of a small car designed by E. W. Lewis[3]

1905 The company's name was changed in November to the Rover Co.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Monday, Jun 15, 1896
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Engineer 1904/10/07