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All British Car Co

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April 1907. Eight-cylinder engine.
April 1907. Eight-cylinder engine.
April 1907.

of Bridgeton, Glasgow

1906 Company formed by George Johnston, formerly of Arrol-Johnston. The company was registered on 15 March, to carry on the business of motor car manufacturers, and acquired the undertaking of Johnston and Co of Bridgeton, Glasgow. [1]

The company was set up primarily for the manufacture a 54 hp eight-cylinder car with its cylinders arranged as two parallel fours; the pistons were actuated by two rocking beams which were driven by connecting rods from a normal four-throw crank. The unit was more complex than was necessary, and only a dozen All-British Cars were ever completed, between 1906 and 1908.

The company also produced buses of a very small design, 1 ft 4 inches lower than other open-top double-deckers. The chassis was said to be guaranteed for three years. [2]

The company agreed to sell 250 buses through a sister company the London based All-British Chassis Bus Co.

1908 Three ABC double-decker buses went into service with Autocar of Tunbridge Wells and one was still used as a spare bus in 1914.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris