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Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co

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1889 Sparkbrook[1] - possibly model No. 1.
Possibly 1892/3 Cushion Tyre machine of Sparkbrooks make[2].
1893. Sparkbrook Track Racer.
February 1922.
May 1923.
August 1923.

of Paynes Lane, Coventry were makers of the Sparkbrook cycles, and motorcycles from 1912 to 1924.

1884 Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co, of Coventry.[3]

1884 Four Sparkbrook Nationals took part in an Ipswich cyclists meeting[4].

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1897 March. Extraordinary General Meeting. The company of Paynes Lane. George Beverley Cooper is Chairman.[5]

1910 Bicycle. Seen at the National Cycle Collection. Sparkbrook Cycle Company of Coventry.

1912 Late in the year, this long-established cycle firm entered the powered market with a single sidecar model. It had a 6hp JAP engine, two-speed gearbox, chain-cum-belt drive and Druid forks. The coach-built body was suspended on C-springs.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of motorcycles see the 1917 Red Book

1914 An 8hp version was added.

1915 Production of the sidecar model stopped, but a light solo was listed and this alone continued into the following year.

1919 Two models appeared, each with the 269cc Villiers engine. One had direct-belt drive, and the other two speeds via their own counter-shaft gearbox with belt final drive.

1921 Those two models continued with the additional option of a two-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox. During the year a utility-version of the direct-drive two-stroke was added and sold from 1922 to 1923 as the Spark.

The Spark was a very basic utility model fitted with the 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine and direct-belt drive. It had a simple frame with pressed sheet-steel lugs and Gosport front forks. When Villiers stopped making the older engine, the 247cc unit was used in its place.

1922 The range ran on and was joined by a 346cc sv JAP model.

1923 They changed to the new Villiers 247cc and 343cc engines, kept the 346cc sv JAP and added another model with the 349cc sleeve-valve Barr and Stroud. All modes came with a choice of transmissions and speeds, together with complete sidecar combinations with the four-stroke engines.

1924 A 349cc ohv Bradshaw engine replace the JAP, and that, with the others, brought the marque to its close.

1925 Acquired by Singer. [6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Ahcp
  2. Ahcp
  3. Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 22 March 1884
  4. The Ipswich Journal 24 June 1884
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:23 March 1897 Issue:26835 Page:1699
  6. British Motor Cars 1950/51
  • 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] Cyber Motor Cycles web site
  • Miller’s Price Guide to Classic Motorcycles
  • 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