AC Sociable Runabout

The success of John Weller and John Portwine’s Auto-Carrier Box Van suggested a market for an inexpensive family vehicle. In 1907 they sold a three-wheeler called “Tri-Car,” with a passenger seat in place of the box. Other versions placed the driver in the forward seat. In 1910 the name “Sociable” was adopted for this form of transport. It sold for £85, with hood, apron, lights and front-wheel brakes extra. The company name was changed to Auto-Carriers, Ltd., and new premises at Thames Ditton, Surrey were obtained in 1911. The firm would remain there until 1984.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

5.5 bhp, 631 cc air-cooled side-valve single-cylinder engine, two-speed epicyclic gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, single rear wheel with dual quarter-elliptic leaf springs, and mechanical brakes on gearbox and rear wheel. Wheelbase: 70"

Source: RM Auctions

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