Imperial (British automobile)
This article is about the Imperial marque used by British manufacturers in the early 20th century. For the marque used by U.S. auto maker Chrysler, see Imperial (automobile).
Imperial was the name used for three separate makes of British car.
Imperial (Manchester) 1901-1906
Imperial Autocar Manufacturing company was based in Manchester, England. Two cars were introduced in 1901 with either a 3.5 hp 2 cylinder engine under the seat or 6 hp 2 cylinder engine front mounted.
Imperial (Croydon) 1904-1905
Another Imperial was made by the Anti-Vibrator company of Croydon, Surrey. These were electrically powered with a motor in each rear wheel. Unusually for the time, the car had integral construction of body and chassis.
Imperial (London) 1914
The Imperial cyclecar was made by Implitico, a theatre lighting company in London, for one year only immediately before the First World War. The power came from a 8 hp V-twin Precision engine with a "gearbox" giving seven forward speeds and optional reverse using belts and pulleys.
The Model A cost £110 and had reverse, the Model B at £95 did without. About 12 cars were made.