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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
1st petrol car was built here
The UK's first petrol driven car was built here in 1894.
Location: 1 Connaught Road, Walthamstow, London
Description: Great Britain's first petrol driven motor car was built in a small workshop at the rear of 1 Connaught Road by Frederick Bremer and Tom Bates, in 1894. Work on the vehicle began in 1892 and went through several designs before being launched onto the streets of Walthamstow in 1894. The car, a mixture of ideas lifted from bicycles, demonstrated Bremer's ingenuity but did not contribute to the further development of the motor car.
In 1931 Frederick Bremer donated the car to the Vestry House Museum where it can be seen today.
Tagged in this Tour: Historic Walthamstow Tour