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1896 - 1924

Dunkleys were pram manufacturers who made several unusual cars over a period of more than 20 years.  In 1896 they announced a very unusual machine whose four wheels were arranged in diamond pattern.  The Dunkley's wheels were of unequal size, those at the front and rear being considerably smaller than those at the side, through which the drive was taken.  The seating was dos-a-dos pattern, and the car could be steered from either end.  Introduced in 1922 the Pramotor consisted of  a scooter minus the front wheel, which could be attached to any perambulator, preferably a Dunkley.  Two factors worked against its success though; a price of 135 guineas £141.75 and the law which forbade the operation of powered vehicles on the pavement, consigning the power-crazed nanny to take her chances in the road with cars, buses and motorcycles.

Source: Nick Georgano / The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile

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