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Lorraine-Dietrich, a French automobile and aircraft engine manufacturer.
1864 Railway locomotive manufacturer Société Lorraine des Anciens Etablissments de Dietrich and Cie (known as De Dietrich et Cie), was founded by Jean de Dietrich.
1896 Branched into the manufacture of automobiles.
1905 Name changed to Lorraine-Dietrich.
1909 Nine different models offered. The Dietrich company invested a great deal in racing. The racing cars had enormous engines and were specially designed for the purpose.
By 1911 the company was located at Argenteuil near Paris (see advert)
1913-1917 For a list of the models offered in the UK and prices see the 1917 Red Book
WWI The factory concentrated on aero-engines - see Lorraine
1919 The factory produced V12 engines.
1923 The company never produced small cars. The model with the smallest engine was the A4 10/12 CV type dating from 1923.
1923 London agents for Lorraine cars : Eustace Watkins
1931 Again produced V12 engines as prototype.
1934 Car production in France was stopped. The business focused once again on railway materials, and tank and aircraft engines.
1907 The company acquired an English factory at Selly Oak, Birmingham in advance of the Patents and Design Act 1907 coming into force, to ensure it could work its patents in the UK (in the same way as was done by other French, German and American makers). See De Dietrich UK
1907 'LORRAINE-DIETRICH LTD., Selly Oak, Birmingham. One type of car made. Designed to suit English conditions'.
1908 Motor Show featured separate stands for English-built and French-built cars. The English-built machines were made in Birmingham. One had a specially-designed Mulliner cabriolet body; the other had an entirely enclosed carriage body by Salmons and Sons. N.B. Ariels were shown on their own separate stand.
1911 Receiver appointed to the British company..
1911 Freehold engineering works at Selly Oak, formerly the automobile factory of Lorraine Dietrich Ltd, and machine tools, were to be auctioned on 12 December.
1914 Motorcar maker, address: Dale Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham.