Puckridge (automobile)

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The Puckridge is a cyclecar built in 1904 in Port Lincoln, South Australia by bicycle maker F. B. Puckridge.[1] Puckridge used as the basis for his vehicle a three-wheeler owned by his neighbour, a Dr Kinmont. Kinmont had been injured when the three-wheeler toppled over on a bend and wanted a more stable vehicle.

Puckridge took the three-wheeler apart and built a four-wheel vehicle, using the original 2.75 hp single cylinder De Dion engine. He added a two-speed belt-drive transmission, tiller steering, gas lighting, and fan cooling. An unusual feature was the starter system, which involved pulling a chain through a hole in the floorboards to rotate the engine.[2]


  1. ^ Cycle Car, National Library of Australia (retrieved 1 February 2012)
  2. ^ Davis, Pedr & Tony, Aussie Cars, Marque Publishing, Sydney, Australia, 1987, ISBN 0-947079-01-7

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