John Weller and John Portwine designed a three-wheeled commercial vehicle with a 631cc one cylinder engine and called this the 'Auto-Carrier' which thus started the 'A.C.' brand. These vehicles went into production at Autocars and Accessories, and the tiller-steered vehicle had the cargo box at the front of the vehicle over the twin wheels, whilst the driver sat over the engine ahead of the single driven rear wheel. An attempt was made to make passenger versions, placing the passengers ahead of the driver over the twin front wheels. However the next 'AC Sociable' in 1907 put driver and passenger side-by-side, and the company was renamed to 'Auto-Carriers Ltd' to manufacture them. Two versions of the Sociable were offered, the 2-seater side-by-side, and the three-seater with the driver sitting at the back. Production continued until 1914 and 1800 were sold.
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AC Sociable 1910. AC produced the Auto Carrier Cyclecar, and from 1907 introduced a 2-seater passenger version as the AC Sociable.
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AC Sociable 1910. Developed from the Auto-Carrier goods tricycle, the Sociable sat the passengers ahead of the rear wheel in what had been the cargo box on the goods version.
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AC Sociable 1910. This is the 2-seater Social with driver and passenger sitting beside each other. The car is steered by a tiller, and there isn't a steering wheel.
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AC Sociable 1910. AC produced the Auto Carrier Cyclecar. The three-wheeler vehicle was powered by a single cylinder 648cc air-colled engine driving the single rear wheel. There was also a 3-seater model with the driver at the rear behind two front passengers. 1800 sold from 1907 to 1914
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AC Sociable 1910. A single cylinder 631cc air-cooled engine (648cc from 1914) powered the Sociable and the Auto-Carrier. This drove by chains the single rear wheel through an epicyclic two-speed gear and clutch in the hub.
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AC Sociable 1910. A single driven rear wheel powered the Sociable. On 3-seater and Auto-Carrier versions the driver sat over the engine ahead of the rear wheel with the cargo box or passengers in front.