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Établissements V. Vermorel was a French engineering business at Beauregard, 30 Km north of Lyon on the Saône River. Founded in 1843, the business was a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. By 1853 the business had moved across the river to larger premises at Villefranche-sur-Saône. François Pilain was hired to build cars and in 1899 the first Vermorel prototype was shown at the Lyon Fair. The early 20th century saw France as the world’s leading automobile producer. 1908 to 1914 were boom years; Vermorel employed 800 people. The first production model used a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder T-head engine with a 4-speed transmission and three-quarter-elliptic rear suspension. Several designs by Claude Givaudan followed, but it is not till 1911 that a stable Vermorel automobile range can be identified. By 1912 Vermorel were offering cars with engine sizes of 2.0, 2.2 and 3.3 litre capacity. The T-head engine configuration was then seen as old fashioned, and in 1913 Vermorel introduced L-head engine designs for their “8/10 CV” and “16/20 CV” with engine capacities of respectively 1.5 and 2.8 litres. Edouard Vermorel ended passenger car production in 1930 and the company finally closed in 1965.