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Sidney Straker and Squire

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1906 Q4.
1906 Q4.
1906 Q4.
1906 Q4.
1906. Four cylinder petrol engine.
Petrol Electric Chassis. 1907.
Petrol Electric Chassis. 1907.
February 1907. Advert for 25-32 h.p. car.
March 1907.
March 1907.
March 1907.
April 1907.
April 1907.
November 1907.
November 1908. 14-16 h.p. detail.
November 1908. Detail.
November 1908. Runabout.
June 1909. Light car.
November 1909.
July 1912. Sidney Straker and Squire 20-cwt van for Scribbans Rich Cakes.

of Shaftesbury Av, London W (showrooms), and Nelson Sq, London SE (workshop)

1901 Straker Steam Vehicle Co formed by Sidney Straker and Lionel Robert Littler Squire [1]

1903 The company started selling German-built Bussings in the UK. The demand was so great that the company had to change premises in Bristol.

1906 The Straker Steam Vehicle Co's name was changed to Sidney Straker and Squire Ltd[2] [3]

1906 Erected offices, repair works and garage in Nelson Sq, London.

1906 A modified version of a French design of car was made for the company in Bristol[4]

1906 Details of their 25 hp 'C.S.B.' touring car. The cars are being built in France by Cornilleau et Sainte Beuve (C.S.B.).[5][6]

1907 Sidney Straker and Squire exhibited an omnibus chassis and omnibuses at Olympia[7]

1907 A Straker-Squire car was second in a race at Brooklands[8]

Brazil, Straker and Co in Bristol made a car designed by Roy Fedden assisted by Leonard Butler. It was named Shamrock.

1908 London General Omnibus Co were running 261 Straker-Squire's.

1908 Sidney Straker and Squire advertised Straker-Squire cars as "All British"[9]

1908 November. Details of the 14-16-hp car shown at Olympia.[10]

1910 October. Details of the 15-hp car.[11]

1911 May. Details of the 15-hp car.[12]

1910 October. Details of the 15-hp car.[13]

1910 For 4 years the company had specialised in the 15hp 4-cylinder car[14]

1911 May. Details of the 15-hp car.[15]

1913 Brazil, Straker and Co manufactured the cars for Straker-Squire; they had erected a new factory at Fishponds to make Straker-Squire chassis; specials were made at the Nelson Sq. premises[16]

1913 Straker-Squire (1913) Ltd was founded to acquire as a going concern the business of the company, makers and traders in motor vehicles. Products included:[17]

  • 15 hp Straker-Squire car
  • Straker-Squire public service cars
  • Straker-Squire brewers's lorries and vans
  • Straker-Squire ambulances, lorries
  • Straker-Squire railway delivery vans.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 25, 1913
  2. The Times, Feb 24, 1915
  3. The Times, Apr 11, 1906
  4. The Times, Jun 05, 1906
  5. Automotor Journal 1906/10/20
  6. Automotor Journal 1906/10/27
  7. The Times, Mar 11, 1907
  8. The Times Jul 08, 1907
  9. The Times, Oct 20, 1908
  10. Automotor Journal 1908/11/28
  11. The Autocar 1910/10/29
  12. The Autocar 1911/05/06
  13. The Autocar 1910/10/29
  14. The Times, Nov 07, 1910
  15. The Autocar 1911/05/06
  16. The Times, Nov 25, 1913
  17. The Times, Nov 25, 1913