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Car: MMC 8HP REAR-ENTRANCE TONNEAU 
Year: c. 1904
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C.1904 MMC 8HP REAR-ENTRANCE TONNEAU 

Registration no. H 13 
Chassis no. 1154 
Engine no. 3390

*A rare and short-lived British marque
*Restored 50-plus years ago


The Motor Manufacturing Company (MMC) was successor to The Great Horseless Carriage Company, which had been founded by the infamous entrepreneur and fraudster, Harry J Lawson, in 1896 and was part of his British Motor Syndicate. Lawson had sought to establish a monopoly of motor manufacturing in the Britain by obtaining as many related patents as possible, starting with those of the German Daimler company. His efforts, like those of the Selden patent's owners in the USA, would be frustrated by the courts. 

The Great Horseless Carriage Company shared the Motor Mills in Coventry with Daimler's British offshoot and commenced production in 1897 using Daimler engines and gearboxes, while the bodies and wheels were of its own manufacture. Reorganised as The Motor Manufacturing Company in 1898, it continued with Daimler based designs alongside rear-engined types designed by railway engineer George Iden. Motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles were added to the portfolio and MMC also supplied its engines to other manufacturers. Simplification of the range saw only three models offered for 1902: a single, twin and four, all with front-mounted engines. 

In receivership in 1904, MMC relocated to Parkside in Coventry and the company staggered on for the next few years, producing a handful of cars, before being reorganised again in 1907. MMC moved to London but its new owner's ambitious plans came to nought and it effectively ceased to exist in 1908. 

 

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