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Mercury Industries

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Mercury were motorcycles produced in Dudley, Worcestershire, from 1956 to 1958.

General

1947 The company, was founded in Birmingham in 1947, and originally produced bicycles and at one time employed more than two hundred people

1956 The first motorcycles made their debut. Two mopeds were listed, one of which was the 'Mercette' which had a 48cc ohv engine built in-unit with a two-speed gearbox, fitted in a rigid frame with telescopic forks. The second was the 'Hermes' scooter with a two-speed 49cc Ilo two-stroke engine.

1957 Those two models were joined by others: the 'Dolphin' scooter with a 99cc Villiers '4F' engine; the 'Whippet 60', which was a larger version of the 'Mercette'; and the 'Grey Streak', which was a motorcycle fitted with a 99cc Villiers '6F' engine.

1958 Only the 'Grey Streak' and the 'Mercette' ran on that year. The 'Pippin' scooter, with '4F' engine, also appeared

1958 March. Company went in to liquidation

See Also

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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
  • [1] CyberMotorCycles web site
  • [2] Wolverhampton Heritage and History Society
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0