1903 - 1932
The Whitlock had a life of almost 30 years, but production was on and off and the total number of cars made was quite small. It was originally made by a branch of Henry Whitlock Ltd., an old-established coachbuilders. In 1904 they begun to sell the Whitlock-Aster in 10, 12, 14, 18 and 24hp models. These were Aster chassis supplied from France with Whitlock bodies. In 1905 a separate company was set up, the Whitlock Automobile Co., possibly because they thought the volume of cars justified it, but after 1906 the Whitlock-Aster was discontinued, and there were no more Whitlock cars until just before World War I.
In 1912 the coachbuilders Lawton-Goodman from Liverpool took over Whitlock and in 1914 announced two cars, a 12/16 and a 20/30, both with 4-cylinder engines. Lawton-Goodman did not return to car manufacture immediately after the war, but at the 1922 White City Motor Show they showed three examples of a light car powered by a 1268cc 4-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine. From 1927 onwards they offered only the 20/70 using 2972cc Meadows 6-cylinder engine, enlarged to 3301cc in 1928. It is difficult to tell how many cars were made, no figures exist for the Coventry-Climax engined cars, but as very few showed up in second-hand lists, ouput must have been pretty small, perhaps no more than 30 - 40 at the most.
Lawton-Goodman continued as coachbuilders for many years. Daimler, Rolls-Royce and other chassis were bodied in the 1930s, but the company then turned more to commercial vehicles including ambulances and mobile canteens during World War II, followed by ice-cream and mobile shops. The last bodies were made in about 1980, but the company continued with repair work until their lease ran out in 1991.
Source: Nick Georgano / The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile