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Superb Four

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Superb Four was a motorcycle produced in 1920. The engine was designed by W. F. Hooper.

1920 This machine was launched in November 1920, to coincide with the Olympia Motor Cycle Show. It featured in the press and there was much talk that it was to be the first British-built four-cylinder since the end of the Wilkinson TMC.

The in-line air-cooled four-cylinder 991cc engine was in-unit with the three-speed gearbox and chain final-drive. It had ohc valve operation, finned light-alloy cylinder block, fully enclosed working parts and pressure lubrication. It was also fitted with a Zenith carburettor and Lucas Magdyno for mixture, ignition and lighting respectively. The well-designed unit fitted into a purpose-built duplex frame and the whole machine was of high specification.

Only a handful were produced and the under-funded company collapsed in 1922.


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Sources of Information

  • 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
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site