Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Dawson Car Co

From Graces Guide
January 1920.

The Dawson Car Company of clay Lane, Coventry

1918 June. Company formed by Alfred John Dawson, previously works manager at Hillman.

1919 March. Advert for the 11-12 hp car. [1]

1919 October 25th. Company incorporated

1919 November. Launched their car at the 1919 Motor Show

The only car made by the company was the 11-12 hp with 1,795 cc overhead camshaft engine coupled to a 3 speed gearbox. It was available in four body styles, most bodied by Charlesworth, and unusually, customers could not buy a chassis only. Most were sold in Dawson Blue with black wings. Final production seems to have been in 1921 after about 70 cars were made.

1920 February. Share prospectus to raise £250,000. Directors are Walter Herbert Hattrell, Alfred John Dawson and Henry Willis White. New works at Walgrave Road. Orders on the books for 512 cars. [2]

1921 The Dawson cars were expensive, the cheapest being £750 for the 2 seater, and could not compete with Morris and Austin. Nearly all the components were made in-house.

For a short time it became the Clay Lane Engineering Co

In 1921 the Triumph Motor Co bought Dawson's premises and fittings in Clay Lane, Stoke, Coventry.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar of 29th March 1919 p8
  2. Western Daily Press - Friday 27 February 1920