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Birmingham Motor Manufacturing and Supply Co

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January 1902. 6.5 h.p. Rex car.
February 1902. 6.5 h.p. Rex car.

0f 189 Broad Street, Birmingham and the works at Coventry

1899 The company was originally founded by William Williamson and his brother Harold Williamson as a car manufacturer in Coventry, in 1899.

1901 June. The company is formed and will manufacture both a belt-driven and a geared car.[1]

1901 November. Details of the 6.5-hp light car.[2]

Rex was one of the first and foremost manufacturers of motorcycles in Britain. Their advertising slogan read 'The King of British motors', and the firm was a true market leader in design and development.

1900 The marque, built by the Birmingham Motor Manufacturing and Supply Company, made its debut at the National Show, Crystal Palace, London. It was a forward-sloping, four-stroke engine positioned within the frame of a safety cycle.

1902 The company merged with Allard and Co and was re-named as the Rex Motor Manufacturing Co and moved its factory to Earlsdon, Coventry.

1904 Company struck off the register.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1901/06/22
  2. The Autocar 1901/11/02
  3. [1] Gazette Issue 27712 published on the 9 September 1904. Page 12 of 72
  • 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
  • [2] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • [3] Yesterday's Antique Motorcycles web site
  • [4] Wikipedia on Rex