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Turner's Motor Manufacturing Co

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May 1903.
February 1905. 10 h.p. Turner-Miesse.
April 1907.
November 1909.
1911. Reg No: IB 24. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
1912. Reg No: DB 36. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.
September 1913.
November 1913
March 1914.
January 1920.
November 1922.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.

Turner's Motor Manufacturing Co. of Wulfruna Works, Moorfield Road, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Telephone: 22482. Telegraphic Address: "Wulfruna, Wolverhampton"

Established 1800.

At the start of the 20th century Thomas Turner and Co started manufacturing velocipedes, cycles and cars. Built cars based on the design of J. Miesse of Belgium.

1902 The Turner-Miesse steam cars were initially produced at the company's works in Walsall Street. The car had a three cylinder, single acting engine (steam only admitted above the piston) with a paraffin-fired flash boiler.

1902 Private company registered as Turner's Motor Manufacturing Co. Ltd[1] to acquire as a going concern the motor manufacturing company of Thomas Turner which manufactured velocipedes and steam cars.

1906 Exhibited a Seymour-Turner four-litre petrol car but few were produced

1908 Started manufacture of petrol cars; showed a 9 hp air-cooled V-twin light car

1909 Showed a 10 hp four-cylinder car

1910 October. Details on the Light Car and its gearbox.[2]

1911 March. Details of the two-cylinder runabout.[3]

1911 October. Details of three petrol models in addition to the 15hp steam: 9hp (2); 10hp (4); 15hp (4).[4]

Later produced a 15 hp car

1912 June. Images of the new 10-hp light car.[5]

1913 April. Advert of 10 hp 4-cylinder model [6]

1913 April. Some comments on the running of the 10hp car.[7]

1913 September. Details of the new 12-hp car by Turner Petrol Cars.[8]

1913 October. Details of the 10hp three-speed and the 12hp four-speed.[9]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book. Produced the Turner-Miesse steam vehicle.

1914 Directory lists them as Turner, T., and Co., Lever Street, Wolverhampton and as motor car manufacturers. [10]

1914 Produced some cars under the 'Universal' name for the London based Universal Car Co

WWI Car production ceased during the war and they concentrated on components and machine tools

1919 Involved with the Varley Woods car with premises at Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton. First models had OHV Dorman engines and later ones a 14 hp Tylor motor.

1922 Motor Manufacturers & Machine Tool Makers. Products: "Galtona" and "Turner" machine tools, "Turner" cars.

1923 First post-war car of their own design - the 12/40

1923 Produced the Turner light car.

1924 The Coloniel model with a two-litre Meadows engine introduced

1928 Car production ceased; they concentrated on components, including winches for commercial and military vehicles.

1937 Pneumatic strips for undercarriages. "Turner" Compressed Air Landing Legs. "Turner" Pumps to Romec Patents. "Turner" Undercarriages. [11]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Turner Machine Tools, comprising: Roller Bearing Headstocks, Countershaft Drive or Direct Motor-Driven Capstan Lathes; Universal Tool and Cutter Grinders, Countershaft and Motor Drive; examples of Landing Legs for Aircraft. (Stand No. D.429) [12]

1938 Name changed to Turner Manufacturing Co

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Sources of Information

  • Turner [1]
  • [2] Richard Lines Web Site
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0