Overview1898 - 1900
The seaside resort of Clevedon in Somerset is not the most obvious location for car manufacture, but it was there in 1898 that cycle maker and general engineer Richard Stephens built the first of the dozen or so motor vehicles that he made over a three-year period. These featured a horizontal two-cylinder engine integral with the steel-tube chassis, primary belt transmission with chain final drive, whilst the front suspension was independent and of a clever design that Stephens was able to Patent.
The prototype car and a six-seater example from 1900 survive. Both of these Victorian British motorcars are noted for their speed and good handling characteristics which has often seen them, from the earliest days of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, to be amongst the first arrivals at the coast.
Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain