Argyll was once a Scottish motor automobile marque fabricated from 1899 to 1932, and once more from 1976 to round 1990.
The unique Argyll marque.
Alex Govan based the The Hozier Engineering Corporate in 1899, and it was once at this manufacturing unit that the primary Argyll Voiturette was once produced; copied from the recent Renault, it featured a 2¾ hp De Dion engine and shaft-drive.
1901 fashions had an upgraded engine of five hp; vehicles made in 1902 have been upgraded even additional, the usage of 8 hp devices. Quickly there gave the impression a ten hp dual with radiator tubes forming the edges of the hood; in 1904 the corporate presented a spread of front-radiatored Aster-engined vehicles. This kind of was once a ten hp of 1985 cc; others have been fours of 3054 cc, 3686 cc, and 4849 cc. All vehicles featured Govan’s moderately awkward gearbox, which had a T-shaped gate and separate opposite and change-speed levers.
Argyll had now grow to be Scotland’s largest marque and shortly moved from its premises in Bridgeton, Glasgow to a grand terracotta manufacturing unit within the suburb of Alexandria constructed for the corporate by means of now named Argyll Motors Ltd. This manufacturing unit was once by no means used to capability, and the corporate started to say no after Govan’s demise in 1907 and, went into liquidation in 1908.
Manufacturing restarted in 1910, underneath an organization now named Argyll Ltd., with a brand new vary of vehicles together with the famed “Flying Fifteen”, and a six-cylinder fashion. The 12/14 was once broadly offered as a taxi even being exported to New York. 4-wheel brakes designed by means of J.M. Rubury of Argyll and patented on 18 March 1910 by means of Henri Perrot and John Meredith Rubury (Patent quantity 6807) have been to be had from 1911 on, and in 1912 the only Sleeve valve engine designed by means of corporate director Baillie P. Burt and J. P. McCollum started manufacturing; all the vary featured Burt-McCollum engines by means of 1914.
Argyll modified palms in 1914 and the Alexandria manufacturing unit was once offered to the Royal Military for torpedo manufacturing. Automobile manufacturing was once resumed on a small scale within the authentic Bridgeton works underneath the keep an eye on of John Brimlow who had in the past run the restore division. The primary product from the brand new corporate was once a revival of the pre-war 15·9 hp fashion, now with electrical starter however few have been offered.
In 1922 it was once joined by means of a 1½-litre sleeve valve fashion and in 1926 by means of the 12/40 sports activities.
The corporate made a last look on the London Motor Display in 1927 and the ultimate vehicles have been most probably made in 1928 although nonetheless marketed till Argyll closed in 1932.
The second one Argyll technology.
The title was once re-used in 1976 by means of a brand new corporate who made a mid-engined sports activities automobile, the Argyll GT in Lochgilphead, Scotland.
The brand new production corporate was once based by means of ex-Mini racer and turbocharger knowledgeable Bob Henderson. The brand new automobile was once named after the unique Argyll of 1898, in honour of a grandfather of one of the vital traders who labored within the Argyll manufacturing unit at Alexandria.
The one fashion was once the Argyll GT (or “Turbo GT”), which was once in keeping with a strong field phase chassis with house body clothed in a fibreglass bodyshell made subsequent door to the previous Arrol-Johnston manufacturing unit in Dumfries by means of Solway Marine. The suspension got here from the Triumph 2500 and the gearbox was once a ZF 5 velocity unit. The automobile was once mid-engined and powered by means of a selection of engines together with a regular or turbocharged Rover V8 engine, a Directly-4 Saab and the Douvrin Euro V6 as utilized by Renault, Peugeot and others. By way of undoing 10 bolts, all the rear finish, suspension, gearbox and engine got here away. A best velocity of 160 mph (ca. 260 km/h) with the turbo V8 was once claimed.
Just a handful have been constructed every the usage of parts from different producers, it had restricted attraction, deficient gross sales and the corporate in the long run folded round 1990.
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