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T. G. John

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of Coventry.

1919 Formed by Thomas George John at 17 Hertford Street, Coventry when he purchased the American owned company Holley Brothers and Co and re-named it T. G. John

1919 Advertising as sole manufacturers of the vertical four-stroke Electra engine in 4, 5 and 10 hp sizes. Electra had first been built by Hillman around 1909. [1]

1919 Thomas John purchased the rights to a new four-cylinder engine designed by Geoffrey de Freville. With the engine came the rights to the name Alvis.

Manufacturers of Alvis cars and Mobil Pup.

1921 The company changed its name to the Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd and moved production to Holyhead Road, Coventry

1922 George Thomas Smith-Clarke joined the business.

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Sources of Information

  1. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5