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Manchester Standard Triumph Group

This visit replaced our usual monthly meeting and was very well attended by 32 members, associates, their family and friends. We were warmly greeted by David George and John Williams of the 'Friends of MoSP with David taking the role of main speaker with his knowledge of the Manchester based car makers. This started

in 1897 with Marshalls in Clayton building Belgian Hurtu cars at the former Belsize works of the Manchester Cycle Company taking the name of Belsize Motors. Below is a picture of the 1912 Belsize car with a 4 cylinder 10 hp engine which when new cost £215 - £230 if you required the extras of a hood, windscreen and dickey seats. All the photographed cars are in the Museum.

On 4th May 1904 Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and agreed that Rolls would sell Royce cars as 'Rolls-Royces'. The car pictured below was built in Hulme, Manchester in 1905 being the 12th Rolls Royce made. The body has been changed a few times in its lifetime and this car was driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell in the London to Brighton run.

This lOhp Rolls model sold slowly and Rolls thought the car was overpriced at £215 so only 20 of the model were made - the value of this car is now described as 'priceless'! The museum has examples of three cars built by the Crossl ey Brothers who started in 1904 and became Crossley Motors in 1910. In 1909 their 40hp chassis cost £500 to which would be added a coach-built body to the purchasers specification with the complete car costing £800. The body of the Limousine pictured below was built in Manchester by Joseph Cockshoot.


Our visit around the museum's collection was continued with a viewing of a Yak Yeoman produced by Manchester Garages in the 1970's based on a Ford Escort with a 1.3 litre van engine - the model on display had been converted into a caravanette. Lastly we saw an example of a Crossley Regis saloon produced in the 1930's which looks very much like most cars produced during that era (much the same today). Our thanks go to David and John of the 'Friends of MoSl' for their time and very interesting talk for which the Group made a donation to the Society. If you were not able to join us on our visit, this is one museum mat we are sure you will enjoy as it contains not just the 'Cars made in Manchester' but also a large number of aircraft - entry is FREE.

Visit to Museum of Science & Industry, Air & Space Hall

28th June 2011

‘Cars made in Manchester’

In 1904 Bill Turner set up the Imperial Autocar Manufacturing Company and produced cars in Rusholme until 1912 when they concentrated on bodywork and garage services. MoSI have the only known surviving Imperial which was made in 1904 mostly with bought in components and a French De Dion Bouton 6hp engine.

We then moved on looking at a 1912 Ford Model T mass produced in Trafford Park by Henry Ford from 1911 - by 1923 the Model T was Britain's best selling car.

In May 1928 Crossley Motors, who had a history from 1910 of producing sports and hill climb cars, brought out the Shesley saloon with a 15.7hp engine

capable of 70mph and 25mpg. The car cost £495 which at the time was about the same as the price of a semi-detached house in suburban Manchester.

1905 Rolls Royce Roadster

1912 Belsize Roadster

1909 Crossley Limousine

1904 Imperial

1912 Ford Model T

1929 Crossley Shelsley