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Wimero
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1 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 6:11pm  
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Does anyone know who the first car maker was in Cov? I seem to remember being told they were located in Parkside where the old Rolls Royce used to be.
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2 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 6:29pm  
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Wasn't it Daimler by the Canal Basin? There's part of the building still left. I'm sure there's some information on a plaque there, and it was the first car factory in the UK. It wasn't actually the German company, but a UK company that bought the rights to use the name. I believe it got sold on a few times before ending up as part of Jaguar.
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Midland Red
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3 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 7:45pm  
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Yes Thumbs up Here it is
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morgana
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4 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 8:11pm  
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Here's an article in "Warwickshire Life"
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mcsporran
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5 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 10:55pm  
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The date of the first Daimler is often given as 1896, as at this date they had started importing cars. The factory though was not completed until 1897 and their first car left the factory in January that year, but even that had a Panhard engine. Simms and the Daimler engine Humber however had produced a series of cars supposedly at their Coventry works in 1896 - Thomas Humber - though this was a cycle factory, not a dedicated car factory Edited by member, 15th Mar 2015 11:05 pm
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Wimero
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6 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 10:58pm  
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Thanks to all. Didn't realise there were so many car makers around. I remember my dad saying (it's just come to me seeing the list) that the Beeston Motor Co were in Parkside. He worked in the motor trade all his life from 1922 when he was 14. He says he worked in a factory that made the engine for Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird as his first job when he left school. I think it was in Raglan Street.
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7 of 11  Sun 15th Mar 2015 11:17pm  
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Garrard & Blumfield (or Blumfield & Garrard) had produced electric cars at Coventry in 1894. T.W. Blumfield later worked for Humber and was involved with development of the first UK motor cycle for them in 1896.
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Annewiggy
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8 of 11  Mon 16th Mar 2015 11:20am  
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I very good book that covers this subject is "The Marques of Coventry" by Brian Long. A history of the city's motor industry.
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Wimero
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9 of 11  Mon 16th Mar 2015 12:13pm  
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Thanks Annewiggy. I'll tootle down to Cov library and see if they have it.
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Annewiggy
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10 of 11  Mon 16th Mar 2015 12:55pm  
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If not there is one on Abebooks for Ā£2.85 including postagešŸ˜€
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mcsporran
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11 of 11  Mon 16th Mar 2015 1:00pm  
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The book "Coventry's Motorcar Heritage" by Damien Kimberley is available on google books and parts can be viewed online.
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