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British Motorcycles

Elswick Cycle Co

Elswick were motorcycles produced from 1903 to 1915, in Barton-on-Humber, Yorkshire. The company was founded, as Elswick-Hopper Cycle and Motor Co, in 1880.
  • 1894 Exhibited cycles at the Antwerp Exhibition as Elswick Cycle Co of Newcastle.
  • 1903 The company had made purpose built frames to attach engines to bicycles and, having previously been involved in the production of cycles, they went on to list machines with either a 2hp or a 4hp V-twin engine. One or both cylinders of the latter could be used as necessary. The make then disappeared for a few years.
  • 1912 They returned to the market in with two models. Conventional in format, both were fitted with Precision 348cc / 498cc engines of 2.5hp and 3.75hp. Later they produced 4.25hp and V-twins and a model fitted with a 269cc Villiers engine or a 2hp Precision.
  • 1915 Production ceased.
  • There were plans to resume production after the end of the Great War, but these did not come to fruition. Elswick concentrated on making bicycles.
  • Scoo-ped

    Elswick Cycles and Manufacturing Co of Barton-on-Humber, built rather attractive Trojan-powered moped scooters with fibreglass bodywork in the 1950s.
Sources: Grace's Guide




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