Britain By Car - A Motoring History


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An early example of one-off car production.

Charles Clark & Sons, The Retford Motor Garage, 48 Bridgegate, Retford.


Charles Clark had the first garage in Retford and the first licence to sell petrol.  His first premises, it is believed, was a cycle business on Moorgate, which he established in 1895.  About five years later, he moved to the south side of nearby Bridgegate, where Trinity Place now stands; and in 1901 built a four-wheel car, converted from a De Dion Bouton tricycle, and powered by a 2.7 h.p De Dion Bouton engine. 

The vehicle almost certainly did not go into production, but Charles Clark remained for many years closely connected with the automobile trade in Retford; running a taxi and coach service, along with a petrol station, garage and car dealership.  The garage building, built around 1910 and located at 48 Bridgegate, opposite his earlier premises, is still standing, although now in a rather neglected state.

Further details
• Made in Nottinghamshire: the motor manufacturing heritage, Brian Waters and Richard English, Nottinghamshire County Council, 2013. 





An early example of one-off car production.

48 Bridgegate, Retford, DN22 7UZ. 

An early example of one-off car production.