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Hillman-Coatalen Motor Car Co

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1907. Louis Coatalen at the wheel of the first Hillman car.
1908. The Hillman-Coatalen recer.
November 1908. Steering gearbox.
November 1908. 12-15 h.p. chassis.

1907 The Hillman Coatalen Motor Car Company was founded by William Hillman with Louis Coatalen (who joined from Humber) as designer and chief engineer. The first cars were large ones, featuring a 9.76 litre 6 cylinder engine or a 6.4 litre four.

1907 November. details of their 25-hp car.[1][2]

1908 Built their first car to compete in the Tourist Trophy Race[3]

1908 August. Details of the 12-15hp car.[4]

1910 Name changed to Hillman Motor Co when Louis Coatalen left to join Sunbeam.

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