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British Motorcycles

Motor Manufacturing Co

Motor Manufacturing Co of Coventry

Successor to the Great Horseless Carriage Co

MMC were the initials of the Motor Manufacturing Co of Coventry, after the restructuring of Lawson's companies. They made motorcycles at the Motor Mills, from 1898 to 1904, and supplied engines to a number of other manufacturers.

1898 January. Company registered.

1898 At the 1898 Motor Show (Stanley) they exhibited a 'Sandringham' model with an engine by George Iden the Works Manager. It had silent worm gear and for speeds and final drive was by a centrally placed chain.

Production began in 1898 with MMC tricycles and copies of the De Dion engine. The copy was used by the British Army in the Boer War. They also advertised the Motocyclette, with the engine over the front wheel, which it drove by belt.

They did not produce machines for long, but engine manufacture continued into the next century.

1902 May. Roger W. Wallace (Chairman), joined this year to try and resolve the financial problems. J. H. Gretton is previous chairman.

1904 June. The company went into liquidation.

Their buildings were sold to Daimler for £14,000.

Related to Motor Castings Co

See also Daimler

Motorcycles which employed MMC engines include:

Sources: Grace's Guide



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