1902 NAPIER 40 HP

In the early years of the century the Napier was the premier British make and produced the first successful 6 cylinder car engine in 1903. Their first designer was Montague Napier (1870-1931) grandson of the founder of David Napier And Sons of Lambeth - Londn - originally makers of coin weighing machinery. The Australian driver S F Edge won the 1902 Gordon Bennett International race from Paris to Innsbruck in this 4 cylinder Napier after his French rivals in faster cars had fallen by the wayside. This was the first international racing victory by a British Car.

1901 Mercedes 35 HP
1904 Fiat 75 HP