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New Scale Motor and Engineering Co

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August 1923

of Bank Street Works, Fairfield Road, Droylsden, Manchester

Scale and New Scale were motorcycles produced from 1920 to 1925, by Henry John Scale

1906 The construction of machines began and a reputation was soon gained for quality. At first the 6hp Belgian-built Antoine V-twin engine was used, but this then changed to JAP. These were known as Scale models.

1910 By now Harry J. Scale had entered the TT race with a 3.5hp ohv JAP model. He had to retire from race.

WWI. Production stopped for the duration of the war.

Post-WWI. Production restarted with a lightweight fitted with a 348cc Precision two-stroke engine. Production was initially through Roberts and Hibbs.

1920 Various models were produced with Precision two-stroke, Blackburne and oil-cooled Bradshaw singles, all finished in a stylish cerise colour.

1921-1923 Various classes of the TT were entered with no success.

1924 A fourth place in the Sidecar race at the TT was the best result achieved. They tried out a 147cc Villiers lightweight with two-speed chain-cum-belt transmission. They also listed a machine fitted with a 349cc ohc Dart engine. Towards the end of the year, Harry Scale left the company.

1925 With just 349cc Bradshaw and 348cc ohv Blackburne models on offer, the company struggled on for one season before coming to a stop.

Note -

  • 'The History of New Scale Motorcycles' web site can be found by clicking the following link. [1]

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