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Advertising Sign.
December 1906.

of Meteor Works, Lode Lane, Birmingham

Rover was a British manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles and cars.


  • 1896 Became a public company. The Rover Cycle Co was registered on 13 June to take over the business of J. K. Starley and Co. [1]
  • 1906 H. Smith is MD of the Rover Cycle Co.
  • 1905 The name was changed in November from the Rover Cycle Co to the Rover Co.
  • WWI. During the First World War, they made motorcycles, lorries to Maudslay designs and not having a suitable one of their own, cars to a Sunbeam design.
  • They acquired a factory at Tyseley




See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • [1] Wikipedia on Rover Cars
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5