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Brockhouse Engineering (Southport)

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December 1939.
Dec 1939.
1950. "President Tractor".
November 1955. Indian Sidecars.

Brockhouse Engineering (Southport), of Crossens, Southport, general engineers

1937 J. Brockhouse and Co acquired the entire share capital of Vulcan Motor and Engineering Co of Crossens, Southport, but sold the rights to the motor vehicle side of the business in order to use the Vulcan Works for general engineering[1].

1938 Vulcan Works was renamed Brockhouse Engineering (Southport)[2]

WWII Production of aircraft gun turrets.

After WWII Brockhouse Engineering (Southport) acquired the Sunbeam and Karrier trolley bus business from Rootes (Rootes had acquired and combined the Sunbeam and Karrier bus businesses, both of which produced trolley buses).

Post WWII: worked on hydraulic transmission system developed by Brockhouse

1947 J. Brockhouse and Co purchased British Motor Boat Manufacturing Co (B.M.B.)[3], maker of small cars, tractors and engines.

1948 Sunbeam Trolleybuses and Karrier trolley buses were sold to Guy Motors

1948 The company started to produce Brockhouse motorcycles. The first Corgi went on sale with a 98cc Excelsior Sprite two-stroke engine that was much like the Villiers Junior. It had a horizontal cylinder and a counter-shaft for the clutch. It had a low duplex frame with the petrol tank on top and rigid forks with fold-down handlebars. It also had small disc wheels, but not kick-start. It wasn’t long before a kick-start and a sidecar platform appeared.

1948-1954 The company built the folding 98cc Corgi folding scooter. These were exported to the United States from 1947 to 1954 where they were sold by a department store (possibly Sears), and were also re-badged as the Indian Papoose.

See Brockhouse Engineering: Indian

1949 Models were produced with telescopic forks and two-speed options.

1949 Advert for the HoeMate tractor by the B.M.B. Products Division[4]

1950 Three 3-wheel tractors advertised: PlowMate, CultMate, HoeMate[5]

1950 Introduced the 4-wheel President, the largest tractor in the B.M.B. range[6] manufactured by the B.M.B. Products Division of Brockhouse Engineering at Southport between 1950 and 1956.

By 1952 The telescopic forks and two-speed options had become standard on the motorcycles; production continued for the following year.

1954 The Corgi's days were numbered as standards changed - it went out of production.

1950-1955 Brockhouse became involved with the American Indian make of motorcycle, as a major shareholder, which led to production of a 248cc model under that name, known as the Indian Brave. It was, however, poorly designed and commercially unsuccessful. During that time they also sold the engine unit and three-speed gearbox to Dot and OEC.

1955 End of motorcycle production.

1955 The Southport factory had not been profitable since WWII and was closed; a new machine shop was established at West Bromwich to manufacture hydraulic transmissions, under the name of Brockhouse Engineering. An arrangement was made with Enfield Cycle Co to manufacture the Indian motorcycle at a new factory at Boston in the UK for export to USA[7]

List of Tractor Models

Note: There is a book on the Corgi marque by Peter Miller: From Welbike to Corgi ISBN 0 9530683 07

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 09, 1937
  2. The Times, Dec 15, 1938
  3. The Times, Jan 01, 1948
  4. The Times, May 14, 1949
  5. The Times, Jan 27, 1950
  6. The Times, Jul 21, 1950
  7. The Times, Dec 22, 1955
  • 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] All Motorcycles Ever Made - Worldwide
  • [2] CyberMotorCycles web site
  • [3] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9