1903 - 1905
In 1903 the Dickinson Morette was first manufacturedin at Aston Brook, Birmingham, (UK) by B.E. Dickinson Toledo Engineering Works. The single seater was powered by a 1.5 hp engine whilst the "sociable" two seater was powered by either a 2.5 hp or a 4 hp 2-cylinder engine. Both vehicles provided power to the front wheel by chain. Despite being very high the car was unique for its day in that it could be started from the drivers seat by means of a flexible chord that fitted into a groove in the flywheel. When pulled this would then fire up the engine. A pulley on the crank shaft was then brought into frictional driving contact with a rubber covered wheel on a lay shaft by lowering the steering tiller. The top speed of the Morette was around 12 - 15 mph. Lifting the tiller would lift the engine out of action whilst braking applied a double brake and cut off the fuel supply to the engine. The body and seat of the Morette are constructed from steel tubing whilst the floor of the vehicle was made from wood carried across the steel tubes. The Morette was 3ft 9" wide with a wheel base of 5ft 6". The wheels are all the same size and so are completely intechangable and they featured "specially thickened driver tyres" that helped prevent the risk of punctures and prolong the life of the tyre.