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1905 - 1906

James Bowen began experimenting with cars around 1902, and in 1905 had one ready for exhibition.  Its first appearance was at the Manchester Show in February 1906.  It was a single-cylinder light car with a 3-speed gearbox giving direct-drive on top, and shaft final drive.  With a Rover automatic carburettor it was priced at £150.  By the end of 1906 Bowen left Manchester for Edinburgh and the business was sold to J.N. Aitken who made bicycles and motorcycles under the name Ladas.

Source: Nick Georgano / The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile 

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