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1937
14 models were release for 1937 including:
250cc SV
250cc OHV
350cc OHV
500cc OHV
600cc OHV

1941
Matthew Triggs writes: "I have the original green registration book and the date is Sept 1941 if you read up it says that cotton produced a light weight bike with a villiers 9d engine just before the war so I assume it wasn't registered untill later, I have been told this is a rare machine with only one other in UK."

1955
In 1955 the Cotton Cotanza was appeared, powered by a 242cc Anzani engine, sporting a new frame with "pivoted-fork" rear suspension. The
same frame was used in an updated 1955 Vulcan fitted with a 3-speed Villiers 9E engine.

1956
The Vulcan was fitted with a four speed gearbox, and another Cotanza appeared with a 322cc Anzani twin engine. A Cotton Trials was added to the catalogue, basically a Vulcan with road fittings and lights removed. The Vulcan was no longer listed.

1957
A Villiers two-stroke twin was added to the Cotanza range.

1958
No change to the 1957 range.

1959
All models were fitted with Armstrong leading link forks, and the Villiers 2T twin was dropped.

New models for 1959-1960 were the Herald, Messenger, Double Gloucester, Continental, Corsair and Conquest.

A range of road-racing, trials and scrambler models had all been added to the catalogue by the end of 1960.


1961 range
The range included eight models including the Vulcan 4-speed 197cc in Road or Sports, 250cc Cougar  Scrambler and the Continental Duplex Frame 250cc. Two-stroke Villiers engines powered all models.

The Cougar was campaigned by the factory which fielded Brian Goss, John Draper and other riders.

1962
The Villiers Starmaker 247cc racing engine had become available and was fitted to factory road-racers and Telstar production models.

1964 saw the introduction of the Conquest. Competion results were encouraging.

1970
The factory moved to Stratton Road. Production of the Cotton Sturdy three wheel utility vehicle commenced.

1970-1980
The factory moved yet again, and a new 250cc competition machine appeared fitted with a Rotax engine, as Villiers had ceased production. The Rotax was good, but there was fierce competition from the Japanese in both price and performance.


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