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The English Mechanic and World of Science & Art was a Victorian magazine aimed at the amateur in such fields. In 1899 it employed the services of Thomas Hyler White to produce motorcar designs that its readers could construct in their home workshops. White had an engineering training, and had spent two years with Daimler in Coventry, but seems to have lacked the practical touch and so his various designs, with their frequent changes, frustrated as much as they satisfied.

Plans published over time included a motor tricycle, an interpretation of a Benz velo, steam cars both small and large, and a conventional two-cylinder petrol-engined car in 1904. Enthusiasts in Britain, India, South Africa and Australia are known to have started making cars to Hyler White's designs, some were completed, and a few survive. Whoever constructed them they are generally referred to by the name English Mechanic, although their builders may well have called them something completely different!

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

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