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Adams (1905)


A.H. Adams founded the Igranic Works at Bedford in 1899 to make electrical equipment, and when he met American Edward Ringwood Hewitt they decided on a joint production of cars. The first Adams-Hewitt car was launched in 1905. It had a 1724cc 9/10hp single cylinder horizontal engine mounted under the front seat. Most of the cars had short bonnet, despite the engine position. A range of 2 and 4 cylinder cars were introduced in 1906 with vertical front mounted engines and sliding mesh gearboxes came in 1907, when a car was supplied to the Emperor of Abyssinia.   There was also a V8 32hp 7270cc based on a French Antoinette aero engine car. The V8 was offered in New York, but probably no more than 11 were made altogether.  The single cylinder car was dropped in 1909 and replaced by a 10hp twin called the Varsity.  A new light car appeared in 1913 which reverted to the old horizontal underfloor position, it even revieved the epicyclic transmission and single-chain drive of the Adams-Hewitt made nearly ten years earlier, but few were sold.  A. H. Adams died on the Titanic.  The Adams car did not survive World War I, but the Igranic Works continued to make electrical equipment, later becoming Brookhirst-Igranic and continuing to the present day.

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