Pearson & Cox

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Pearson & Cox Torpedo 15 H.P. steam car, circa. 1913

Pearson & Cox [1] was a British automobile manufacturer from Shortlands, then in Kent (now part of Greater London). They traded from 1908–1916,[2] and in 1913.[3]), they were producing both steam powered vehicles and petrol powered cyclecars.[2][4]

Henry Pearson and Percy Cox were apprenticed to the General Engine and Boiler Company. From 1908 to 1916, the company's main interest was the design and production of steam cars.[5] The Pearson-Cox Cyclecar was powered by an 8 hp V-2 JAP engine.[3][6]

Pearson & Cox 3 H.P. steam bicycle, of 1912

They also as a sideline developed a steam motorcycle, and in 1912, they offered a steam bicycle for sale to the public. The production run of which lasted for about two years when, in 1914, Cox disposed of his manufacturing rights to the 'Steam Cycle and Motor Company' of St Michael’s Road, Croydon.[7]

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  1. ^ "Pearson & Cox steam cars". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lord Montagu of Beaulieu & Anthony Bird, St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1971. "Appendix A". Steam Cars 1770-1970: pg. 215–221.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile.
  4. ^ The Autocar (1919). Autocar Handbook. Autocar Handbook (Ninth ed.). London: Iliffe & Sons. pp. 258–259.
  5. ^ "Reprinted from The Light Car of March 31st 1915 - Technical descriptions". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ Die Internationale Automobil-Enzyklopädie.
  7. ^ "Pearson and Cox Steam motor cycle". Retrieved 29 October 2017.


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