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Edward Butler

Engineering Person

Edward Butler (1862, England - 1940) was an English inventor who produced an early three-wheeled automobile, called the Butler Petrol Cycle, which is accepted by many as the first British car. Butler showed plans for his three-wheeled vehicle at the Stanley Cycle Show in London in 1884, two years earlier than Karl Benz, who is generally recognized as the inventor of the modern automobile. Butler's vehicle was also the first design to be shown at the 1885 Inventions Exhibition, also in London. Built by the Merryweather Fire Engine company in Greenwich, in 1888, the Butler Petrol Cycle (first recorded use of the term) was a three-wheeled vehicle, with the rear wheel directly driven by a /8hp (466W) 600 cc (40 in; 2¼×5-inch {57×127-mm}) flat twin four stroke engine (with magneto ignition replaced by coil and battery), equipped with rotary valves and a float-fed carburettor (five years before Maybach), and Ackermann steering, all of which were state of the art at the time. Starting was by compressed air. The engine was liquid-cooled, with a radiator over the rear driving wheel. Speed was controlled by means of a throttle valve lever. No braking system was fitted; the vehicle was  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1862
Children
Gerard Butler
Profession
Engineer, Mechanical engineer

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