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Bat Motor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Penge, Surrey

Sometimes incorrectly rendered B.A.T. this company owed its name to its founder, Samuel Robert Batson who capitalised on his name with the slogan 'Best After Tests'.  Most Bats were tricars, originally on bicycle lines, with a wicker passenger seat over the front axle.  Engines were 3 or 6hp single-cylinder units mounted low in the centre of the frame.  By 1904 more car-like models were made, with a chair-type seat for the driver instead of the usual saddle, and a semi-enclosed wooden body for the passenger.  The engine was a 6hp 2-cylinder Fafnir.  In 1909 Bat introduced the Carcycle, which resembled a motorcycle and sidecar, but with four wheels, the front ones being steered by handlebar.

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