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James Young Ltd
was a British coachbuilding
A coachbuilder is a manufacturer of bodies for carriages or automobiles.The trade dates back several centuries. Rippon was active in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, Barker founded in 1710 by an officer in Queen Anne's Guards, Brewster a relative newcomer , formed in 1810. Others in Britain included...
company. The business was started in 1863 in London
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. originally producing horsedrawn carriages.
In 1908 they made their first car body for the local Member of Parliament. From 1921 they bodied several Bentley
Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer of automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley known as W.O. Bentley or just "W O". Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later...
cars as well others such as Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of cars. Founded as A.L.F.A. on June 24, 1910, in Milan, the company has been involved in car racing since 1911, and has a reputation for building expensive sports cars...
, Sunbeam and Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce Limited was a renowned British car and, from 1914 on, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904....
. The company had grown sufficiently to take their own stand at the 1925 London Motor Show. as well as individual commissions James Young also fitted some standard designs to cars including Talbot
Talbot was an automobile marque that existed from 1903 to 1986, with a hiatus from 1960 to 1978, under a number of different owners, latterly under Peugeot...
In 1937 the company was bought by London Rolls-Royce dealer Jack Barclay.
During World War II they built aircraft components but the factory and all records were destroyed by bombing.
Coachbuilding resumed after the war and a stand was taken at the 1948 Motor Show. The last automobile bodies were made in 1967.