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January 1903.
December 1903.
1906. Four-cylinder motor.
April 1908. Advert in French.

of 70a Basinghall Street, London

Rochet-Schneider produced an engine design that was used with with Lorries and Buses.

1903 See H. H. P. Deasy and Co.

Edouard Rochet and his father were bicycle manufacturers before entering motorcar production. In 1894 they were joined by Theophile Schneider, a relative of the eponymous armaments family.

Between 1895 and 1901, the company built approximately 240 single cylinder cars "Benz-type" cars.

At the 1901 Paris Salon, the company introduced a range of two and four-cylinder cars.

Around 1903, these were redesigned along similar lines to Mercedes.

In 1904 the company was sold for 4.5 million francs and a London-based company called "Rochet-Schneider Ltd." was formed. Production averaged less than 250 cars year

By late 1907 the company was in liquidation.

1905 The company, Rochet and Schneider, registered on 13 January, to acquire the business of La Societe Lyonnaise de Construction d'Automobiles Rochet Schneider. [1]

1906 Produce 18, 24, 30, 35 and 40 h.p. models. Agents in the UK are Donne and Willans. [2]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book. Imported by Donne and Willans.

1920 1.5 and 2.5 chassis were introduced. They had a larger 18 bhp four cylinder engine. These engines were known for their great durability.

A few chassis were sold in Britain during the 1920s.

Early Registrations

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 and Co in 1906.
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris