The Clyde Cycle & Motor Car Co Ltd
The Clyde Cycle & Motor Car Co Ltd was a British manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles. The company was founded in 1898 in Glasgow, Scotland, by Harry Lawson and was originally known as the Clyde Cycle Co. In 1900, the company began producing motorcycles under the name Clyde Motor Cycle Co. Ltd.
The company's first automobiles were produced in 1902 and were known as the Clyde Voiturette. These were small, lightweight vehicles with a 6hp single-cylinder engine and a top speed of around 25 mph. The Voiturette was well-received, and the company continued to develop and produce larger, more powerful cars over the following years.
In 1905, the company changed its name to the Clyde Motor Car Co. Ltd. and began to focus more on automobile production. By 1908, the company was producing a range of models, including the 10hp and 14hp touring cars and the 20hp limousine. In 1913, the company introduced a 40hp model, which was capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 mph.
During World War I, the company shifted its focus to military production, producing vehicles and aircraft components for the British war effort. After the war, the company struggled financially and was eventually acquired by Singer Motors in 1920. Production at the Clyde works ceased soon after, with the last cars being produced in 1925.
Despite its relatively short history, the Clyde Cycle & Motor Car Co. Ltd. played an important role in the development of the British motor industry, and its vehicles are still sought after by collectors today.