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A motor cab and driver, London

A motor cab and driver, London
Photograph taken 1897-1900 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: cc97/01366

This early cab was evidently based on the design of the horse-drawn hansom cab. The motor car was developed independently by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz in the 1880s. This picture was probably taken in the 1890s and the car would have been a rare site at the time. The cab shown may be a Bersey electric cab, introduced to London in 1897.