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Timeline: Automotive

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This timeline focuses on the vehicles produced after the introduction of the Internal Combustion engine and does not cover the pioneering efforts of people like Richard Trevithick, Walter Hancock, Goldsworthy Gurney, William Alltoft Summers and other early inventors of powered road vehicles.

1880 Harry J. Lawson patented what he claimed was the first British motor car, in which the "force" was supplied by petroleum[1]

1888 Edward Butler builds the Petrol-Cycle

1892 Frederick William Bremer built a car powered by a single-cylinder engine running on paraffin

1892 James D. Roots built a strange two-stroke tricycle which also ran on "heavy oil"

1893 May 26th. The Daimler Motor Syndicate formed to take over the UK Daimler interests. The objective was to fit Daimler engines in to boats and the business was based from Arch No 71, Putney Bridge Railway Station

1894 Charles Santler modified his vehicle to use a combustion engine - formerly 1889 he had built a steam-powered vehicle

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times (London, England), Thursday, May 21, 1896