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January 1903.
February 1903.
January 1903.
1904. Wilson-Pilcher. Reg No: BB 96.
February 1905
February 1905.

of Great Peter Street, Westminster

1897 Company founded by P S Pilcher and W. G. Wilson[1]

1899 Percy Pilcher was killed in one of the firm's experimental gliders.

In new premises in Westminster Wilson created the Wilson-Pilcher motor car embodying epicyclic gears and some remarkable new features which in later years came to be regarded as the hallmark of good design in motor cars of quality.

The company was continued by W G Wilson until in 1904 it was bought by Armstrong Whitworth

1904 April. Details of their petrol cars.[2][3][4]

1904 July. Details of the change-speed gear.[5]

1904-6 Cars were made by Armstrong Whitworth

1906. Produced 12-16 h.p. four-cylinder and 18-24 h.p. six-cylinder shaft-drive cars with horizontal engines. [6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Proposal to Inst Civil Engineers 1912
  2. Automotor Journal 1904/04/16
  3. Automotor Journal 1904/04/23
  4. Automotor Journal 1904/04/30
  5. The Autocar 1904/07/23
  6. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.