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Progress Cycle Co

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1900. January 27th. 'Progress' motor quadricycle (non-convertible).
1900. The 'Progress' Voiturette.
July 1900.

of Royal Progress Works, Coventry

See Progress Motor Co

Progress were motorcycles produced from 1900 to 1905, by the Progress Cycle Co, of Foleshill, Coventry.

1897 Company formed by Enoch John West and William Harris

1898-1903 Produced automobiles

This company was one of several who purchased some of the first Minerva engines to come to England from Belgium. These were fitted to hang from the downtube of an existing heavy-duty bicycle.

In 1900, a machine was first seen at the 1900 Cycle Show (Stanley) in the Agricultural Hall, London. They progressed to a tricycle and a quadricycle that were either complete or conversion kits, and other engines followed.

1901 August. Letter with description of car with 4.5-hp De Dion engine by M. E. Kennard.[1]

During the Edwardian period trading conditions slumped and the marque vanished.

1897-1902 Annual reports[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1901/08/03
  2. Coventry Archives
  • 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