In 1895 James Napier died leaving the business with only seven employees. His son Montagu Napierbought the business from the executors. Undertook the improvement of a Panhard car of his friend Selwyn Francis Edge. Edge was sufficiently impressed to encourage Napier to make his own car, agreeing to buy the entire output.
1900 The first car appeared. Napiers made the first ever production six cylinder car (at this time painted in olive green), many winning races
Won the 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup race in France.
1903 Production reached 250 cars, overwhelming the Lambeth factory, so a move was made to Acton, North West London. This included a range of 18, 40, 50 and 60 HP models of car.
1905 Napiers expanded into marine engines as well, their 1905 boat Napier II setting the world water speed record for a mile at almost 30 knots.
On 29th August 1906 Montague established the old D. Napier & Son Limited as a Private Limited Company taking all the shares and holding the position of sole governing director. At that time hey produced models of car fitted with shaft-drive on the three larger models and produced a four-cylinder bus chassis with three-speed gearbox. Commercial vehicle models were produced in a bigger way, and from 1912 a separate department was formed to deal with these.
1907 1,200 people were employed and were making about 100 cars a year.
1913 Following a dispute with Selwyn Edge, Napier bought Edge’s distribution and sales company. Production rose to around 700 cars a year with many supplied to the London Taxi trade. The same year the business became a public company
1914 D. Napier and Son Ltd, 14 New Burlington St, motor car makers, and Acton Vale; patent coin weighing and classifying machine maker, motor engine and wagon maker.