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A. Barnett and Co

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1914. 269cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1914. 269cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.

of 22-28 High Street, Coventry, and at 58 West Orchard

Invicta were motorcycles produced from 1902 to 1906 and from 1913 to 1925.

Company formed by Arthur Barnett

1902-1906 The Invicta name was first used on a short-lived venture that involved the assembly of a primitive machine from basic cycle parts fitted with Minerva and Kelecom engines from Belgium.

1913 The Invicta name returned to the market with a small range of lightweights designed by Arthur Barnett.

Barnett constructed the Invicta at his works at West Orchard, Coventry. The machines were fitted with 269cc Villiers two-stroke engines with petroil lubrication and a chain-driven magneto. Two models were offered; both had Druid forks. One was belt driven, the other had a two-speed Jardine gear and chain-cum-belt drive.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of motorcycles see the 1917 Red Book

1919 Barnett joined with Gordon Francis (whose father, Graham Francis, was co-founder of Lea-Francis) at Lower Ford Street, Coventry to form Francis-Barnett.

1921-31 Listed as a 'motorcar manufacturer'.

National Motorcycle Museum exhibits:-

  • 1914 Invicta, Villiers, 269cc

See Also


Sources of Information

The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X