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Banshee Manufacturing Co

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Banshee Manufacturing Company of Crown Close Works, Bromsgrove

Banshee were motorcycles produced from 1921 to 1924 by George Bell, who later worked for Triumph.

1921 The company started to produce a 269cc Villiers two-stroke with standard cycle parts and either a single or two-speed Albion gearbox - both with belt final-drive.

1922 Those two models continued and were joined by a three-speed model for sidecar work and the Barr and Stroud 349cc sleeve-valve engined four-stroke model.

1924 The company expanded to include a very wide range of models with Villiers and Barr and Stroud engines. The efforts involved over-taxed the company's abilities and they soon retired from the motorcycle trade.

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
  • Miller’s Price Guide to Classic Motorcycles
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9