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Victor Ashby and Son

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of Pioneer Motor Works, Towcester and Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy

See Victor James Ashby and his son Victor Stapleton Ashby

1901 February. Produced an experimental car. Illustrated.[1]

1919-21 Produced less than fifty Ashby cars

1921-22 Around 130 Short-Ashby cars by Short Brothers and when they stopped it was briefly offered by Ashby Motors

1925 Introduced a 2 hp / 550 rpm engine [2]

After returning from the First World War the Victor Stapleton Ashby designed a cyclecar that came to the attention of aeroplane makers Short Brothers. Short Brothers employed six Ashby staff members, with the car being known as the Short-Ashby in 1921. Short Brothers withdrew their support in 1922 owing to poor sales. The Ashbys then moved to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, where production of a two-seater light car powered by a 970 cc 8 hp engine, three-speed gearbox or four-ratio friction drive, continued until 1924.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1901/03/02
  2. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5
  3. Wikipedia