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Smith and Molesworth

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April 1902. Alert Motor Cycle.
August 1905. Albert Cycles and Motors.

Smith and Molesworth of Freeth Street Mills, Coventry

1882 Company formed by John Molesworth and George Smith as 'Elastic Web and Cycle Manufacturers'

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1903-06 Produced the Alert motorcycle from 1903-6 with Sarolea engines. The Alert motorcycle was a very primitive machine with the engine hung from the downtube. There were two models in the range - a 2.25hp Alert with a Belgian Sarolea engine and the 2.75hp or 3.25hp Coventry Alert. There was also a model with a Montgomery sidecar. The company also supplied fittings to the trade.

1907 Produced the Ayton-Riley (Reg No: DU 931) for Robert Charles Ayton that was entered in the Tourist Trophy race

1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers. [1]

Post WWI the directors are George Molesworth and H. Reesby

1955 Company ceased trading

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9
  • 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