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1907 - 1912

This was designed by E.J.Y. Rutherford, and was at first known by his initials as the E.J.Y.R. In 1906 he joined forces with the village postmaster, George Hamilton, who had previously been a coachbuilder and who also ran the Highclere Motor Car Syndicate Ltd to manufacture a steam car.  The 30/40hp had a Serpollet-type flash boiler and 3-cylinder vertical single-acting engine.  With shaft drive, a 5-seater tourer body and a Packard-type 'radiator' it had the appearance of a conventional petrol-engined car.  They were exhibited at the Olympia Show in 1907 and 1908, but were not a financial success.  Steam had very few fans in England at this time, not that this stopped some other companies having a go.  1911 saw a price reduction from the original £575 to £400 for a larger-engined car, but did not save it. 

Source: Nick Georgano / The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile 

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