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1913 - 1926

Thomas McKenzie began making light cars in a small factory in Birmingham.  His first car appeared at the 1913 Olympia Show, with a 1098cc 4-cylinder side-valve engine.  A 3-speed gearbox was used and final drive was by worm gear.  2 and 4-seater cars were made up to the end of 1915, and in 1916 the model was listed as having a 4-speed gearbox, though it is not certain that any were made because of the war.

Re-launched in 1919, the McKenzie now had a proprietary engine, a 1300cc Alpha.  A limited company was formed in 1920, and for 1921 the Alpha engine gave way to a 1498cc Coventry simplex.  A smaller engine of 1074cc, also by Coventry Simplex was added in 1924 and this was used in the 4-seater which had only one door on the nearside. 

They had a number of successes in trials and hill cimbs, and at least one sports model was made.  Production figures are not known, but pre-World War I output could not have been more than one car per week.

Source: Nick Georgano / The Baulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile

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