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Coventry Premier

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1909. Premier motorcycle 548cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1912. 2.5 h.p. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1912. 2.5 h.p. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
December 1914.
1914. 499cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1914. 499cc. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
November 1919. Three-wheeler.
1920.

of Coventry

Maker of cars and motorcycles

1875 Company founded with William Hillman as an original founder

1908 Started the production of motorcycles

1914 Changed name from Premier Cycle Co to Coventry Premier

1913-1923 The company was managed by G. W. A. Brown

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of cars see the 1917 Red Book under Premier.

1917 Launched the 8 hp Super Runabout two seat, three wheeled cyclecar with 1,056 cc, water cooled, V twin engine, shaft drive to a rear mounted gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheels with help from Georges Funck

1920 Coventry Premier was bought by Singer for £97,000. [1]

The three wheeler was replaced by a four wheeled version using the same engine but now having the gearbox combined with the rear axle eliminating the chain drive.

1919-23 Produced 500 three-wheel and 1,200 four-wheel Runabouts

In 1923 the badge appeared on a basic version of the Singer Ten.

From 1924 the name was no longer used on cars from 1924 but bicycle making continued for a few more years.

About 500 three-wheel and 1,200 four-wheeled cars were made.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Friday, Sep 10, 1920