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ABJ of Pope Street, Birmingham

The company had built the Raynal autocycle before World War II and then built their own from 1949 to 1953.

1949 The firm located its works in Pope Street, Birmingham. The new name of ABJ came from the chairman A. B. Jackson.

1950 Two machines were offered, both of which had a 98cc Villiers engine. One was the single-speed Autocycle, the other was the two-speed motorcycle. Common cycle parts were shared - such as the rigid loop frame, the simple telescopic forks and the single saddle on a pillar tube. The motorcycle had a toolbox attached to the left side. Both the motorcycle and the autocycle had a rear stand. The models were the 1F, 2F and the 49cc Auto Minor.

1952 Both models were still listed and were joined by the Auto Motor cyclemotor, with a 50cc two-stroke engine mounted over the front wheel. The rest of it was a bicycle.

1953 That model alone ran on for the year. Production then stopped.

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
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • British Motorcycles of the 1940s and 1950s by Roy Bacon ISBN 0-85045-856-0
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9