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Capel and Co

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1909. 45 bhp suction gas engine.
1918. 1.5 hp portable engine.

of 168 Dalston Road, London

1890 Herbert Churchill Capel started in business in London, trading as Messrs. Capel and Co., engineers and gas-engine manufacturers

1895 Erected new works in Dalston, equipped for the production of gas and oil engines on the American system of manufacture.

1898 Petrol-engined car designed by Herbert Capel of the Clarkson and Capel Steam Car Syndicate

Car manufacture taken up by the Creek Street Engineering Co, Deptford

1899 The XL four-cycle horizontal engine introduced in a range from 0.5 to 14 nhp

1900 Capel's Motor Carriage. Illustration and article on this early car [1]

1934 The company moved to Harrison Works, Halstead, Essex where they introduced the 6 bhp twin oil engine

1936 production of the petrol engine ceased

1956 Re-entered the I.C. engine market

1960 The company closed

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