In 1896 Thomas Crowden was the chief engineer at the Motor Mills, Coventry, where the British motor industry began. In 1898 he set up his own company in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, where he built 10hp twin cylinder cars, and 5hp single cylinder models like that on display. The company also constructed the first motorised fire engine used by Leamington Corporation.
Crowden left Leamington in 1905 and moved to Ramsgate. He is believed to have died at the end of the First World War.
Two of the passengers had to sit facing the driver with their backs to the oncoming traffic. As there are no sides or restraints to the seats this was somewhat dangerous, added to which there was no roof to give protection from the weather.