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In 1903, Vickers also formed an alliance with John Davenport Siddeley (later, Lord Kenilworth), who had designed a car with a vertical engine based on imported French models.
Vickers undertook to make Siddeley cars, which were constructed in a new factory at Crayford, Kent, which opened in late 1903 or early 1904.
The 1910 models were known as Wolseley-Siddeleys, and from 1911 the cars were plain Wolseleys once again.
The factory was tooled-up for production, catalogues were printed and the price had been fixed at £172/10/- but, with the outbreak of war, the car had to wait six years before it was introduced.
One of the first 4 wheeled cars, the 3.5hp Voiturette built in 1899 was awarded a Gold Medal for its performance in the Automobile Club’s 1,000 Miles Trial in 1900.
An 8hp model also took part without success; this being the first two cylinder model with wheel steering, but this car did not survive.
Siddeley was appointed general manager in Austin’s place.
The year 1906 was the last for the horizontally engined models, they were at first supplemented but soon replaced by Siddeley’s vertical engined cars.It is thought that systematic production only began after the Vickers takeover.