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Light Delivery Vehicles

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of Lever Street, Wolverhampton

1948 the company was formed by Turner Manufacturing Co. Produced the two wheeled ‘Byvan’, costing £120 and the three wheeled ‘Trivan’, costing £150. Both vehicles were powered by a 148cc two stroke Turner engine giving a top speed of 30mph.

The ‘Byvan’ was a motorcycle equipped with a steel carrying box capable of a 1.5cwt load. In comparison the ‘Trivan’ had two rear wheels with a 3cwt carrying capacity.

Another product was the ‘Rixi’ which was seemingly derived from the ‘Trivan’ and had a four person seat above the two rear wheels. All of these products shared one thing in common in that they were not successful which in all honesty seems to sum up Turner’s engineering products in general.

Turner was a motorcycle produced in 1946. It was a radical contraption and a one-off. It was seen in Brussels in April 1946, called the Turner Byvan, and was constructed from components left over after the end of World War II. It had a 126cc Royal Enfield wartime Flying Flea engine and three-speed gearbox, mounted on top of the pressed-steel front forks and which drove the wheel by chain. The rest of the machine was a large box, fitted with forks to provide a mounting for a wheel at the rear, and with a seat for the rider on top. In effect, it was just a large parcel carrier and nothing further came of it.

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  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0