Vauxhall Classic Bikes
Some years before the takeover in
December 1925 by the American automotive giant General
Motors, Vauxhall considered building a motorcycle.
The project was rather more ambitious than the usual
immediate post-WWI singles and V-twins. The model
was penned by consultant engineering designer Major
Frank Halford ( a friend of Harry Ricardo whose
four-valve Triumphs Halford racer with success at
Brooklands) and comprised an inline ohv four-cylinder
engine driving through a car type three speed gearbox
with shaft final drive to the rear wheel.
Vauxhall tooled up for a pilot batch
of six 944cc (originally claimed 930cc) machines but
as few as two were built - probably having costed
the exercise, Vauxhall deemed it a non-starter.
|1922 Vauxhall 931cc
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