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Roy Fedden Ltd

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1945 Roy Fedden and Ian Duncan set up Roy Fedden Ltd. in 2 bays of the old Black and White Motorways garage in Cheltenham.

Their first product was a small horizontally-opposed aero engine intended to be installed within the wings of twin-engine aircraft. The Fedden O-325 saw no use.

Next was a new turboprop design which also found little interest.

Another product was a car, which the company designed, powered by a rear-mounted three-cylinder air-cooled radial engine. The swinging axle suspension was similar to that used in the German KdF-Wagen. This combination gave serious handling problems - the car tended to flip over when being cornered hard.

Another product was flat-six air-cooled aero engine to drive a pusher propeller but this was never finished

1946 The business moved out of Cheltenham to a disused airfield at Stoke Orchard for production of the car but only one was built. Work started on a replacement chassis, but the rest of the company's engineers lost interest and left.

1947 The company ceased work when a Ministry of Supply contract for a new turbine was cancelled.

1948 Creditors' voluntary liquidation[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 24 Dec 1948
  • Gloucester Echo 16 April 2016