James Young (coachbuilder)

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James Young Works
Earls Court motor show 1948

James Young Ltd was a British coachbuilding company. The business was started in 1863 in London Road, Bromley.[1] originally producing horsedrawn carriages.

In 1908 they made their first car body for the local Member of Parliament.[2] From 1921 they bodied several Bentley cars as well others such as Alfa Romeo, Sunbeam and Rolls-Royce. The company had grown sufficiently to take their own stand at the 1925 London Motor Show. As well as individual commissions James Young also fitted some standard designs to cars including Talbot and Sunbeam.

In 1937 the company was bought by London Rolls-Royce dealer Jack Barclay.[2]

During World War II they built aircraft components but the factory and all records were destroyed by bombing.[2]

Coachbuilding resumed after the war and a stand was taken at the 1948 Motor Show.[2] The last automobile bodies (on the Rolls-Royce Phantom V chassis) were made in 1968,[3] following fifty Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Coupés built in 1966 and 1967.[4]

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  1. ^ "The Coach Builders". cloud9coach.com. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d A-Z of British Coachbuilders. Nick Walker. Bay View Books 1997. ISBN 1-870979-93-1
  3. ^ "Coachbuilding History". coachbuilt.com. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  4. ^ Bobbitt, Malcolm (1996), Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Bentley T-series, Camargue & Corniche (3rd (2004) ed.), Dorchester, Dorset, UK: Veloce, pp. 135–136, ISBN 1-904788-25-4 

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