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Powell

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Powell were motorcycles produced by the Powell Brothers of the Cambrian Foundry, Wrexham, in North Wales from 1920 to 1925.

1920 The brothers entered the market with a middleweight machine designed for them by an engineer named Edward Alexander Burney. It was a useful and capable machine with a side-valve engine of 548cc, with outside flywheel. It appeared to be very similar to the Burney and Blackburne. The engine sloped forward 30 degrees and was easy to remove. It had a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox and belt drive to the rear wheel.

1921 Although the machine had been announced the previous year, it was not until 1921 that it was produced in any great number.

1922 A new range of miniatures was launched, all with a choice of two-stroke engine of various makes, and transmission options of two-speed or three-speed. One model had a sheet-steel enclosure that covered all mechanical parts and provided leg-shields - this was known as the All-Weather.

1925 Only the miniatures were in production that year and the brothers then returned their foundry to the manufacture of more profitable goods.


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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