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Simms Manufacturing Co

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1900. Simms-engined car. Single-cylinder 6 hp. Photo at the 2011 LBVCR. Reg No: 1 RAC
May 1901.
February 1902. 6 h.p. Petrol motor.
February 1902. 12 h.p. Petrol motor.
November 1902.
January 1903.
January 1903.
January 1903. 1 h.p. engine.
February 1903.
May 1904.
May 1904.
May 1904.
November 1904.
November 1904.
December 1904.
February 1905.
September 1905.
September 1905.
September 1905.
1906 Q4.
December 1906. 100 h.p. Marine Engine.
1909.
1909. Exhibiting the Voisin aeroplane.

of 55a Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey.

of Welbeck Works, Kimberley Road, Willesden Lane, Kilburn

1900 business founded by Frederick Simms

1903 the Simms Motor War car built to the order of Vickers, Sons and Maxim. Full details.[1]

1904 to 1907 Built cars and commercial vehicles, van and heavier chassis, as well as engines for other manufacturers

1905 June. Details of their Simms-Welbeck 10-24-hp car.[2][3][4]

1906 A bodied single-decker for Durham and District Motor Omnibus Co was delivered from London. This journey took over two days to cover and was 270 miles in distance.

1906 Produced 12-15, 20-24, 26-30 and 30-40 h.p. shaft-drive cars under the Simms-Welbeck name. [5]

1908 Mr H W Forster MP had the steam engine in his yacht replaced by a 100hp Simms motor[6]

1909 Acquired the exclusive British rights to the Voisin Freres aeroplane[7]

1909 Exhibited aircraft at Olympia Show

1909 Last listing of Simms-made car.

1913 Simms established Simms Motor Units at East Finchley

1920 The Kilburn works were virtually destroyed by fire; the slump of 1920–21 in the engineering industry ended Simms's manufacturing until 1926.


  • NB

The oldest vehicle in the Royal Automobile Club (RAC)'s Heritage Fleet is the 1900 Simms, registered 1 RAC, built by the club's founder. With tiller steering, solid tyres and slightly later 6hp engine fitted, it is thought to be a prototype and probably older than its registration date[8]

Appeared in the 2009 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run as well as the 2011 run (see photo).


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Sources of Information

  1. Automotor Journal 1902/04/19
  2. Automotor Journal 1905/06/10
  3. Automotor Journal 1905/06/17
  4. Automotor Journal 1905/06/24
  5. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.
  6. The Times, Jun 23, 1908
  7. The Times, Jan 25, 1909
  8. [1]
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris