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Highclere Motor Car Syndicate

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November 1907.
November 1907.

Producer of the E. J. Y. R. steam car (later called Rutherford) - see Edward James Young Rutherford

1907-1912 Produced steam engined automobiles.[1]

1907 October. Announce E.J.Y.R. steam car.[2][3][4][5]

1908 'The Highclere Motor Car Syndicate stages a steam-car that evolved from the machine hitherto known as the E.J.Y.R., and is henceforth to be known by the name of its designer, Mr. Rutherford. The modifications in this 30-40 horse-power machine are chiefly In the direction of simplicity, the chassis being built more less on the lines live-axle petrol car practice, with the difference that place of the petrol motor, a flash generator is situated under the bonnet, and change-speed mechanism in the ordinary acceptance not furnished. The flash generator consists of a aeries of spiral tubes heated by paraffin burner and placed immediately behind the condenser, the burner being adapted to ordinary paraffin as a fuel. The heavily-lagged division plate is placed behind the generator with the aim of preventing heat passing from it backward along the chassis. The engine of the three-cylinder, single-acting, vertical sort, fitted with cam-operated mushroom valves. The friction clutch has been done away with, that a positive drive is transmitted direct through the cardan shaft and bevel gear to the Uve axle, though is possible to run the engine free for warming up.'[6]

1912 Company wound up. J. A. Rutherford is Chairman.[7]

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