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Autoglider Ltd of Gt. Charles Street, Birmingham.

Autogliders were motorcycles produced from 1919 to 1921.

Designed by Charles Ralph Townsend

1919. First Autogliders built. The Autoglider was actually a scooter. They first appeared after World War I and required the rider to travel standing up. The engine was a 292cc Villiers or 269cc Union mounted above the front wheel. The platform was on small disc wheels and the handlebars were carried by a long twin-tube extension, with the cylindrical fuel tank fitted between them. Later models had a seat and lower handlebars with the fuel tank set between them.

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
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0