White and Poppe

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White and Poppe was a Coventry based proprietary engine and gearbox manufacturer established in 1899 by Alfred James White and Peter August Poppe.[1] White was a watchmaker and Poppe an engineer and together they produced precision parts for the automotive industry.[2] Prior to World War I they served the booming motor industry with their engines in such high demand that at the 1906 British International Motor Exhibition 15 different firms displayed automobiles with White and Poppe engines.[3] During the post World War I recession White, the greatest financial contributor to the company, sold his interest to the Dennis Brothers of Guildford and White and Poppe became a subsidiary with Poppe leaving two years later[4] to be chief engineer at Rover. Co-founder Peter August Poppe was born 17 August 1870 in Levanger, Norway and went on to play a major role in the English automotive history.

The White and Poppe Company ceased all business in 1933, and much of the factory was taken over by the forerunners of the Jaguar Company.


Some automobiles with White and Poppe engines[edit]


Motorcycle engines[edit]

Commercial vehicle engines[edit]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Coventry Transport Museum
  2. ^ The Growth and Significance of the Coventry Car Component Industry, 1895-1914 by Brad Beaven
  3. ^ The Growth and Significance of the Coventry Car Component Industry, 1895-1914 by Brad Beaven
  4. ^ Coventry Transport Museum
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r L P Jarman and R I Barraclough, The Bullnose and Flatnose Morris, David & Charles, Newton Abbott, UK 1976