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W. H. Whitehouse and Co

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Revere. Reg No: OB 2602. Exhibit at Coventry Transport Museum.
Revere. Reg No: OB 2602. Exhibit at Coventry Transport Museum.

Revere were motorcycles produced by W. H. Whitehouse and Co of Friars Road, Coventry, in 1915 and from 1919 to 1922.

Company formed by Walter Henry Whitehouse

1915-22 Producing the Revere motorcycle and probably made for them by the Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co

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

1915 The company chose the then new 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine for their Revere machine which had a two-speed countershaft gearbox and chain-cum-belt transmission. These were assembled by the Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co. Wartime meant that the venture was short-lived, and so it was put aside for a time.

1919 Towards the end of the year, the Revere name appeared once more on a very similar machine with Druid forks, Albion gearbox and stirrup front brakes. Probably made by the Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co

1920 A two-speed Sparkbrook gearbox was also being specified, and a version with single-speed direct-belt drive was listed for the first time.

1921 A change to a two-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox was the only change that year.

1922 They changed back to the Sparkbrook gearbox. The single-speed model had been available throughout. It was their final year.

1922 Company wound up.[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Gazette Issue 32712 published on the 26 May 1922. Page 65 of 106
  • 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
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9