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Raynal Manufacturing Co

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September 1920.
February 1922.
1937. Raynal Autocycle 98cc. Exhibit at Myreton Motor Museum.
1939. Raynal Auto. Exhibit at Lakeland Motor Museum.
May 1939.
April 1940.

of 41-43 Fleet Street, in Birmingham

Raynal were motorcycles produced firstly in 1914, and then from 1937 to 1950 by ABJ of Handsworth, also in Birmingham.

1914 The name was first seen on a simple lightweight powered by a 269cc Villiers engine. Basic in design, it had a two-speed Albion gearbox and chain-cum-belt transmission. Production soon came to an end, probably due to the outbreak of war.

1915 Raynal Manufacturing Co, 125 Pritchett Street.[1]

1937 The name returned on a production version of the Jones autocycle that had a 98cc Villiers Junior engine, open bicycle frame with the petroil tank between the frame tubes, rigid forks and no enclosure.

1937 Raynal Manufacturing and Dunford and Elliott recently decided to join forces.[2]

1939 A version with spring forks was added and that model alone continued after the war.

1947 Acquired by British Plaster Board.[3]

1950 Production ceased.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 03 November 1915
  2. Daily Herald - Thursday 23 September 1937
  3. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Friday 01 August 1947
  • 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] Birmingham Motor Cycle Industry web site