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Stirling's Motor Carriages

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of Granton Harbour, Edinburgh.

of 504 to 508 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow (1900).

Owned by John Stirling

formerly J. and C. Stirling

An old-established Scottish coachbuilder that bought Coventry Daimler chassis and fitted them with its own coachwork, finishing the first such car (fitted with a Panhard-Levassor engine) as early as January 1897, several weeks before the first Coventry Daimler car was sold.

1897 December. Company formed to take over the business of J. and C. Stirling. Directors included John Stirling, J. T. Boyd, Henry A. Mavor and three others[1][2]

1897 January. Report of first motor carriage driven in Glasgow.[3] Details and image. Uses Daimler 4hp engine.[4]

1898 January. Exhibited two carriages at the Dundee Cycle Show.[5]

1898 December. 1st AGM report.[6]

1899 Advertising Pennington cars, under appointment by Pennington and Baines.[7]

1902. Purchased Kingsburgh Motor Co and thereby took over the former works of Madelvic Motor Co of West Shore Road, Granton, Edinburgh

1902 May. Details of the public service car designed by A. J. Drake.[8]

1902 September. Details of the new 12-hp double tonneau.[9]

1903 Patent. Application Number 16,153 for Improvements in Or Relating to Transmission Gear for Motor Cars and Other Machinery (Edinburgh) by Drake, Arthur James and Stirling's Motor Carriages Limited

Stirling's Motor Construction Co (1903) Ltd had been formed with capital of £120,000 but had only called and received £657 by December 1904, and was sold to the Scottish Motor Engineering Co on November 3, 1905, for £17,500 (£10,000 cash and £7,500 in £1 shares), and had capital of £40,000.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Dundee Courier and Argus, Tuesday, December 14, 1897
  2. The Autocar 1897/12/11
  3. The Autocar 1897/01/23
  4. The Autocar 1897/01/30
  5. The Dundee Courier and Argus, Friday, January 29, 1898
  6. The Autocar 1898/12/30
  7. The Autocar 1899/02/11
  8. The Autocar 1902/05/24
  9. The Autocar 1902/09/13