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HCL were motorcycles produced in 1922. The initials stood for Hezekiah Close of Leigh, and the machines were made at 25 Railway Road, Leigh, Lancashire.
The motorcycles were made post-Great War and the engines used were either a 269cc Villiers two-stoke or V-twin four-stroke JAP, driving a Burman or Sturmey-Archer two-speed gearbox. The machines had a simple frame fitted with Saxon forks at the front.
Close soon gave up making motorcycles and became a professional musician, so only six machines were ever made.
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