Britain By Car - A Motoring History


The largest town in Bedfordshire located about 30 miles north of London.  For many years, Luton was best known as a centre of the hat-making industry. 

This continues today, but in a reduced form.  Other industries include vehicle manufacture, engineering, pharmaceuticals, electronics and financial services.  The travel company, easyJet, has its headquarters at Luton Airport.

The Plycar Co.

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A self-assembled version of a little-known cycle car.

Bute Street, Luton.


For a matter of months, towards the end of 1922, the Plycar Company offered a wooden, self-assembly kit of the Bow-V cycle car, developed by Charles Beauvais in Upper Norwood, south London.