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R. Stephens, Sons and Co

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of Clevedon

Company formed by Richard Stephens

1894 Produced the 'Clevedon Special' bicycle

1896 Established the 'Stephens Engineering and Motor Car Works'

1897 Started developing their first motor car with the backing of Sir Edmund Elton of Clevedon Court. 2000cc flat-twin transverse engine

1898 Showed his first car. Few made - possibly twelve.

1899 Report of successful runs.[1]

Joined by Charles Benjamin Redrup. Initially he was a 'service engineer', but was soon involved in engineering design work, and also served as a driver of Stephens' cars, hackney carriages and buses (waggonettes).

1913 R. Stephens, Sons and Co. Listed as stockist of Michelin.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1899/06/03
  2. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 13 September 1913
  • Richard Stephens and the Clevedon Motor Cars by William Fairney. 2009
  • The Knife and Fork Man - The Life and Work of Charles Benjamin Redrup by Professor William Fairney, Diesel Publishing, 2006
  • British Car Factories from 1896. Paul Collins and Michael Stratton. Published 1993. ISBN 1 874105 04 9