The Maudslay Motor Company
The Maudslay Motor Company was a British automobile manufacturer founded in Coventry, England, in the late 19th century. The company was named after its founder, Cyril Charles Maudslay, who was an engineer and inventor.
Maudslay started the company in 1902, after having worked for several other engineering firms in the area. The company initially produced engines for other manufacturers, but in 1902 they started building their own cars. The first Maudslay car was a 10 horsepower vehicle, which was quickly followed by a range of models with larger engines.
During the First World War, the Maudslay Motor Company produced a range of military vehicles, including trucks and ambulances. After the war, the company returned to producing cars, but struggled to compete with larger manufacturers such as Ford and Morris.
In the 1930s, Maudslay started producing buses and coaches, and this became the company's primary focus in the years leading up to the Second World War. During the war, the company produced military vehicles once again, including armoured cars and tanks.
After the war, the Maudslay Motor Company merged with AEC (Associated Equipment Company) to form Maudslay-AEC. The company continued to produce buses and coaches under this name until it was merged with Leyland Motors in the 1960s. Today, the Maudslay name lives on as a brand of industrial engines and generators, produced by the Lister Petter company.