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S. U. Co

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Instruction pamphlet.
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the S. U. Co of Shipton Works, 154 Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town, London

of East Works, Bordesley Green, Birmingham (1937)

of Erdington, Birmingham (1963)

Maker of SU carburettors

S.U. Co Ltd was named for Skinners Union, the 2 brothers who designed the carburettor. The carburettors were a brand of sidedraft carburettor widely used in British (Austin, Morris, Triumph, MG) and Swedish (Volvo, Saab 99) automobiles for much of the twentieth century.

1905 Thomas Carlyle Skinner and his elder brother George Herbert Skinner invented and patented their carburettor. Initially made by G. Wailes and Co of Euston Road, London [1].

1912 Established the S. U. Co Ltd to make the carburettor.

1913 S.U. continued to use the Wailes's Euston Road address for a short time (see advert)

1915 Listed under Motor Car Accessories as "S. U. Company Ltd (Carburetters), 349 Enfield Road NW and 48 Warren Street, W." [2]

1919 January. Advert for Carburetters [3]

1926 Morris took over S.U., their main carburettor supplier.

1936 The S. U. Carburetter Co Ltd was incorporated by Morris Motors to acquire from Morris Industries the business of carburettor manufacture trading under the name of S. U. Company [4].

See S. U. Carburetter Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 15 November 1958
  2. 1915 Post Office London Directory
  3. The Autocar of 4th January 1919 pVII
  4. The Times, 13 October 1936