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1897 - 1905

Holroyd-Smith; Holcar

Michael Holroyd-Smith was an inventor rather than a manufacturer, though he exhibited several cars at motor shows, and quoted a price for the 1903 Holcar.  His first design, shown under his own name, had a rear-mounted 6/8hp V-twin engine, and an unusual frame which passed outside the rear wheels.  In 1901 he showed another car, also with 6/8hp engine now mounted in the centre of the frame, cone-and-pullley transmission which was claimed to give any speed between 5 and 15mph (8 and 24km/h), and shaft final drive.  The body was a 4-seater dos-a-dos and the horn was mounted on the steering tiller.  Its solid tyres gave it a very old-fashioned appearance.  The 1903 Holcar had a front-mounted 20hp V4 engine and shaft drive.  It was exhibited at the Agricultural Hall Show in April 1903 with a price tag of £850.

Source: Nick Georgano / The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile

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