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1904 English Mechanic

The English Mechanic is almost certainly the UK’s first kit car. Designed by the engineer Thomas Hyler-White (1871–1930), the name is derived from the magazine in which the plans to build it were published in fifty-six parts from January 1900, English Mechanic & World of Science & Art. The car was based on a Benz Velo, and used a de Dion 1¾ bhp engine, either petrol or steam-powered, with three or four wheels.[1]

The number of cars built is unknown, but it is thought that at least two have survived.[1]



Hole, S. (2012). A–Z of Kit-Cars: The Definitive Encyclopaedia of the UK’s Kit-car Industry Since 1949. Haynes Publishing.