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Trump were motorcycles produced between 1907 and 1923. First based in Liphook, Hampshire, they then moved to Lombard Street, Birmingham and also had the Foxdale Works, Byfleet, Surrey.

Formerly Liphook Motor and Engineering Works

The director and driving force was Frank A. McNab and later his cousin Angus Maitland. later Robert Neil Stewart was made MD.

1910 The 3.5hp model was offered in two forms, also with a 6hp V-twin. They were fitted with Druid forks and belt drive.

1912 The firm moved to Birmingham, but also had works in Surrey. The range continued more or less unchanged and much in the style of the period.

1913 The range was extended to add 3.25hp and 8hp V-twins.

1914 There was just a 4hp single and 6hp V-twin. During the year, they added the Trump-Peco, fitted with the 349cc two-stroke engine of that name, an Albion two-speed gearbox and belt final-drive. Single and three-speed versions were also available.

1915 A 208cc version was added to the list, which included several sizes of V-twin.

1921 They returned post-war as Trump Motors of Byfleet, Surrey. The first model offered was a 976cc JAP V-twin sports model and that was soon joined by a 548cc sv JAP single with Sturmey-Archer gearbox and close ratios as an option.

1922 The range comprised 292cc, 346cc and 490sv singles, plus 747cc and 976cc sv V-twins, all of JAP manufacture.

1923 The range was slimmed down to the 346cc sv single, in standard or sports trim, and the two sizes of V-twin, plus another with a 994cc ohv Anzani engine. McNab retired early in the year, due to ill-health, and it was the final year for the marque.

See Also

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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] Cyber Motor Cycles web site
  • [2] Made in Birmingham - Birmingham Motorcycle Industry web site