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Hepburn Engineering Co

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Hepburn Engineering Co of King's Cross, London

HEC was a motorcycle produced from 1938 to 1940

1939 Acquired premises in Thorpe Street, Birmingham

A motorcycle was exhibited at the Earls Court Show late in 1938. It differed from the rest in using an 80cc two-stroke engine of their own design, made for them by Levis. The engine drove a clutch mounted on a counter-shaft with chain drive from the unit to the rear wheel. The whole unit was mounted above the bottom bracket of the heavy-duty bicycle it drove.

1940s Although the machine was well thought out, it failed to survive the war. During that time HEC merged with Butterfield Brothers.

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