The machines were built by the Humber firm in Coventry, and there was a lot of advertising and many extravagant claims. The designs were sold to Lawson 1900-1901 for a reputed £100,000, but the huge production that was expected to recoup that vast amount of money never happened.
A motorcycle and a tandem were built. The engines had two cylinders with no fins and direct drive. Low-tension ignition provided what was claimed to be a 'long-mingling spark'. On test, the machine was reported to have a speed range of 8mph to 48mph. Ignition usually failed, but if the machine did go successfully, it could run for 10 miles/16km - even though the cooling was so poor.
Pennington also offered a three-wheeled Torpedo Autocar in 1896 - this had two cylinders and a duplex frame. In 1898 there was the Raft Victoria with front-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering and rope transmission. Both of these were equally as far-fetched as the motorcycle.
Pennington and Baines was established with William Baines, Senior, of Norris & Baines.
Note: In the Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, there is a very rare vehicle. It is an 1896 Pennington Autocar motor-tricycle. This model was built by the Great Horseless Carriage Co
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