LANCASTER 1895.

Designed by Fredrick Lancaster from scratch and took the road in Birmingham, in December 1895. It was believed to be the first British petrol car.

It has a centrally located single-cylinder engine, three speed gear box and was steered by an upright tiller. It has a cater lever spring suspension and could do 24kph (15mph).

One of the very known disadvantages of the Lancaster was its inability to get up hills very well; this was later corrected with a superbly well balanced 3500cc twin cylinder engine two years later and could do 29kph.

LANCASTER.

Specification:

Year: 1895

Place of origin: Birmingham, UK

Historical Status: Prototype

Engine: single cylinder, 1,306cc (80ci)

Layout: rear-mounted mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels

Body work: Six seater open tourer

Top speed: 24kph (15mph)

Number Built: one