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Nestor Motor Co

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Nestor were motorcycles produced by a small firm from Blackpool, Lancashire, between 1913 and 1914.

of 74 Church Street, Blackpool

Sometimes named the "Elf", a lightweight machine powered by a 149cc engine. Basic in design, it would bave been built for the local trade, in small numbers.

The company built limited numbers of machines using bought-in parts. They were fitted with various engines including the 269cc Villiers two-stroke, and 296cc and 347cc sv Precision, driving a variety of transmission options.

1914 January. 'The Nestor Motor Company, of 74, Church Street, Blackpool, have just placed on the market a new 21 h.p. two-stoke-engined lightweight motor bicycle, which seems a very attractive proposition. This is called the Nestor, and at 23 guineas it is a good machine at a very low price. The bicycle, engine and all the parts are of best quality and workmanship. It has spring forks, 2.25 h.p, two-stroke Nestor engine, 62 by 70 millimetres bore and stroke, magneto ignition, Amac carburetter, 24in. by 2in. wheels with plated rims, Hutchinson Tyres, rubber belt, tubular stead, carrier, tank to hold a gallon of petrol and one quart of oil, Bowden front and foot brakes, 3in. mudguards, etc., and the weight is about 95lb. complete. Those who require a good, cheap two-stroke-engined lightweight should order at once for reasons above given. The demand is great compared with supply.'[2]

1914 June. Adjudication. William Dootson trading as the Nestor Motor Co, motor manufacturer and dealer.[3]

The outbreak of WWI brought production to an end.

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Sources of Information

  1. Clarion - Friday 08 May 1914
  2. Clarion - Friday 30 January 1914
  3. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 24 June 1914

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