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One of the first independent vehicle companies to be established in Britain, AC Cars was originally formed under the name Auto Carriers Ltd. The business had several name changes and liquidations due to poor financial circumstances throughout the years, until it took on its current form.


At the Crystal Palace Motor Show in 1903, the first automobile from what would later become AC was unveiled; it was a 20 HP touring car and was branded as a Weller. The Weller brothers of West Norwood, London, intended to build a cutting-edge 20 horsepower (15 kW) automobile.

Butcher John Portwine, their financial supporter and company manager, believed the automobile would be too expensive to construct and urged Weller to create a small delivery three-wheeler instead.

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Production of the Auto-Carrier began when a new firm called Autocars and Accessories was established in 1904. The car soon gained popularity and achieved financial success. The A.C. Sociable, a passenger variant, debuted three years later.

A.C. showcased eight vehicles on its stand, six for pleasure and two for business. The A.C. Sociable was referred to in a review of the 1912 Motorcycle and Cycle Car Show as "one of the most popular cycle cars on the road, both for pleasure and commerce." With rear chain drive, the single-cylinder engine was situated directly in front of the single rear wheel, which had a two-speed hub.

AC Cars | English car manufacturer | Official website

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