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May 1898.
1899. Detachable cover for a Benz Ideal.
May 1901.
January 1902.
February 1902.
February 1903.

of 18 Holborn Viaduct (1899)

of 48 Holborn Viaduct

of 1 Albany Street, Regents Park, London

1896 Charles Friswell set up Friswells Ltd as importers of Peugeot cars

By 1898 he was offering accessories under his own name (see adverts)

Agents for Renault

c.1900 Friswell also set up Friswell's Automobile Palace Ltd in Holborn, a five-storey building which could accommodate hundreds of vehicles in garage and showroom space, with repair and paint shops, accessory sales and auction facilities, and other provisions for the convenience of the clientele.

By 1903 the business was operating under both the Friswell and Friswells names from Albany Street.

1906 Became sole distributor for Standard cars; Charles Friswell became chairman of the Standard Motor Company

1906 The company Friswell (1906) was registered on 10 July, to take over the business of motor, cycle, boat and vehicle builders of Friswell Limited. [1]

1906 Produced a light car built in France with a De Dion-Bouton single-cylinder engine of 6.5 h.p. [2]

1911 Standard faced a crisis due to not being able to collect Friswell's account.

1912 Friswell's company dishonoured its bill for goods supplied in January 1912. Standard survived, but went onto short time in mid-1912; Friswell's sole agency agreement was terminated with effect from 30 September.

Charles Friswell's relationship with Standard came to an end when he failed to acquire the holding of the founder of the company.

1912 Friswell (1906) Ltd was voluntarily wound up[3]

See Friswells

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.
  3. London Gazette 16 August 1912