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Rolfe Manufacturing Co

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of Bridge Street, Smethwick.

Rolfe were motorcycles produced between 1911 and 1913. The make was short lived.

1905 The 2.75 h.p. Rolfe-Goode motorcycle competed successfully in the 1905 London to Edinburgh Run with rider H. E. Cowles.

1912 Late in the year a machine was built using a 6 h.p. V-twin Precision engine, 'Rolfe' three-speed gearbox, chain drive and Saxon forks.

1913 The original model was then joined by a single fitted with a 3.5 h.p. JAP engine, still with gearbox and all-chain drive. Their sidecar chassis had the wheel spindle supported on both sides, and it was constructed from straight tubing.

1916 Companies consolidated. J. A. Phillips and Co and Rolfe Manufacturing Co.[1]

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post - Monday 08 May 1916
  • 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
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0