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Charles Anthony Vandervell

(1870-1955), Pioneer of electrical equipment in motor cars

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Charles Anthony Vandervell

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91891


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Nick Vandervell

31 August 2015, 08:35

CAV was my grandfather and founded the CAV business at Acton in the late 19thC which was successful in developing electrical generator and lighting equipment for the developing motor car industry. His eldest son was Guy Anthony ('Tony') Vandervell who founded Vandervell Products in the 1930s which was a highly successful innovator in the design and manufacture of lead-indium shell bearings used in internal combustion engines. In the 1950s he founded the Formula 1 team Vanwall which won the Constructors Trophy in 1958, the team's lead driver Stirling Moss just missing taking the Drivers Trophy by 1 point.
Do you have an image available of CAV as we seem to be missing pictures of him in our family archive?

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