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Unic touring car.

Interesting photographs of early motorists and their cars continue to spring up, and few are better than this sepia image of an open-top Unic. Glistening, it was either brand new at the time, or in the hands of an owner keen to maintain his machine in the best possible condition. The weather must have been reasonably warm at the time, as the upper pane in the split windscreen is hinged open for the upcoming drive. The tyres do not exhibit much if anything in the way of tread, the only possible blot on this otherwise immaculate car's copybook. The accommodation in the Unic is on the cosy side, and the passenger appears to be sat slightly further back than the driver.
The LN registration series was used between November 1906 and March 1908 in London. The model has been suggested as a 10/12hp Unic dating to circa 1912, although the registration - if original to the car - may point to it being a little earlier than 1912. Note the RAC badge fitted to the car's radiator cap, in a style that was introduced by the motoring organisation in 1908.
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Period photo of a Unic
The manufacturers of this French motor-car began production in 1905, continuing until 1938. After the war they continued producing vehicles, but only lorries by this time. In 1952 they were bought out by Simca. In addition to light cars, as shown above, Unic was also well known for the production of taxis and lightweight delivery vans. Engines used were of either two- or four-cylinder configuration.
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