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Hill and Boll

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1896. Petter and Hill and Boll's Autocar. From Left to Right: (Front) James B. Petter, H. W. Southcombe, (Back) G. B. Petter and E. W. Petter.

of Park Road, Yeovil.

1895 The Petter brothers designed the first internal combustion engined motor car to be made in the United Kingdom. The car, using a converted four-wheel horse-drawn phaeton and a 3 hp (2 kW) horizontal oil engine, had a top speed of 12 miles per hour (19 km/h). The vehicle was constructed at the Park Road carriage works of Hill and Boll.

1896 Petter and Hill and Boll were constructing combustion-engine powered carriages

1910 Hill and Boll displayed the "weight" hydraulic brake system at the 1910 Motor Show, which applied the brakes to all four wheels of the car.

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