The Thames Ironworks, Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., founded in 1846, was one of Britian's most important shipyards. From 1906 the company also produced motor cars, to the designs of Charles K. Edwards, a former Napier designer. This Thames is the sole survivor from a fleet of gasoline-powered double deckers, built for Motor Coaches Limited. The car is powered by a 5.0 litre six cylinder engine, which was placed at the front end of the chassis, enabling the coachwork to resemble the shape of the ninteenth-century horse-drawn carriages as much as possible. The coachwork, built by Thrupp & Maberly, accommodates nine persons inside and another sixteen on the roof. Passengers would climb up a ladder to the roof, which formed a natural grandstand.
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