The company produced motorcycles between 1899 and 1940. Based in Coventry, it was founded by the Moxo family.
Victorian era. Production began with the building of bicycles and then tricycles assembled from bought-in parts.
These cycles were well-built and popular, which accounted for the continued success of the firm.
Edwardian era. The earliest range had included a model
with an MMC engine hung from the downtube and by this time it had increased to a range of
singles in loop frames, with sprung forks and belt final-drive. In an attempt to add a passenger, the solo could tow a trailer. It was
probably most unpleasant, as there would have been fumes and road dirt flung up from the machine itself. It was quite likely that the tow-bar
would eventually have snapped. There was also a forecar and later a sidecar. During this period they also produced machines under the Royal Eagle name.
Little detail is available regarding the company following this period, although it is known that they continued
construction with bought-in parts.
1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers.
1914 The range now included three models. The smallest was lightweight and powered by a 269cc Villiers engine driving a two-speed gearbox by chain and belt final-drive and with Druid forks. It was also available as a single-speed machine The other two models used Abingdon engines as a 3.5hp single and a 5hp to 6hp V-twin, with tree
speeds and belt final-drive.
1916 There was also a model with a 2.5hp JAP
Post-World War I. Only singles were produced.
1921 The company returned to V-twins for this year only. There were two
models that had either a 500cc single or a 680cc V-twin JAP
1922 The company produced only singles, once again, using engines from
and Abingdon King Dick.
1923 The JAP V-twin returned, together with the appearance of the famous sporting twin Flying Eight. In
various forms, this sporting twin would become one of the best remembered motorcycles. There was also a 147cc two-
stroke of their own design.
1924 The two-stroke engine was enlarged to 170cc and the Flying Eight
was available with sv or ohv JAP
engines. With the latter and a Jardine
gearbox, it became the second most expensive machine on the market.
1925 The two-stroke engine was enlarged again - to an Aza
175cc, with an Albion two-speed
Two-strokes were then dropped altogether for a couple of seasons as the
company concentrated on a wide range of four-strokes in single, twin forms
and even with sidecar outfits.
1928 The policy of four-stroke only came to an end with the arrival of
twin-port, super-sport Villiers
engines in 147cc, 172cc and 172cc twin-port, super-sports forms appeared
in a set of pressed steel cycle parts. The company also began to use forks
from pressed sheet steel. Although this was common in Europe, Coventry
Eagle were the first major British company to use this method - a move
that proved to be very successful for the following decade.
1929 There were minor frame changes and the arrival of 196cc Villiers
and 197c JAP
engines brought the range to five models. The Flying Eights continued
to progress and a similar name style was used on models with 344cc and
490cc two-port ohv JAP
engines, known as the Flying 350 and the Flying 500. Both
had a new cradle frame and tubular Webb
1930 Most of the range continued and new models were added using dry-sump
inclined engines of 348cc and 495cc in conventional tubular frames.
1931 Twins were dropped and only the production of two-strokes continued
for some years. Many of the models were stylish and distinctive with large
exhaust systems, as on the Silent Superb. The most basic was the
98cc Marvel. Other model names were Wonder and Eclipse,
most in a pressed steel frame.
four-strokes returned for a season or two.
1935 The next sensation was the Pullman, with a new type of pressed-steel frame with enclosure of the
mechanics and rear wheel. The rear suspension was controlled by leaf springs running along the frame sides.
1937 The four-stroke singles returned, using Matchless
engines in three sizes. These, plus a variety of two-strokes, from an autocycle
to the Pullman, ran on to the end of the decade.
1940 Production, drastically cut because of the war, soon ceased and never