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Victoria (Motorcycles)

Victoria of Dennistoun, Glasgow
  • Produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1928.
  • 1902 The company made their own frames to carry bought-in engines and other components. The machines were typical of the era, but of excellent quality. Gradually, over the years, they improved technically.
  • 1908 At the late-Stanley show they exhibited a lightweight, two-stroke model. It had a 143cc engine, Ruthardt magneto and the option of a drop frame to provide a ladies' model. They were still very conventional in style.

1910 Stanley Show
Victoria Motor and Cycle Co. Ltd. Glasgow.
Among the exhibits of this well-known Scottish firm will be a new 3 H.P. motor-cycle with magneto ignition. We understand that this is a first-class machine in every way, and is priced at a figure which will bring it within the reach of all.

  • 1912 Precision engines were now being used, along with an Armstrong three-speed rear hub.
  • 1915 The same range continued into that year, but wartime brought a halt to production.
  • Post-war. They offered a small range using 147cc and 247cc Villiers engines, plus a choice of transmission.
  • 1924 The range was augmented with the addition of four-stroke models using JAP engines.
  • 1925 Engines used were Villiers 147cc, 247cc and 343cc, plus 293cc, 596cc JAP. All had three speeds, but only three had all-chain drive.
  • 1928 The line ran on, little altered, until this year.
Sources: Grace's Guide



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