British Motorcycles

Ascot-Pullin Motorcycles


Ascot Pullin 1929 500cc OHV

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A Brief History of the Marque

Built in England at Letchworth from 1928, these handsome and advanced motorcycles featured a pressed steel monocoque body with enclosed chain guards, hydraulic brakes and interchangeable wheels. It had blade-type forks, electric lighting and a hand gear change, and was propelled by a 498cc four-stroke engine. Like so many others deserving of successs, it vanished at the start of the first great depression in 1930.

From Graces Guide:

  • Ascot Pullin were motorcycles produced from 1928 to 1930 by the Ascot Motor and Manufacturing Co of Letchworth.
    • In 1914 the Senior TT was won by Cyril Pullin and for the next forty years he was intermittently involved with advanced designs.
    • 1928 The Ascot Pullin was announced as the New Wonder Motor Cycle. This innovative machine had a horizontally set 498cc ohv engine; in-unit three-speed gearbox; gear-driven magneto and dry-sump lubrication, all enclosed by a pressed-steel frame. Also specified were wire wheels with drum brakes, interconnected and with hydraulic actuation - the first use of hydraulic brakes on a motorcycle. Also included was a telescopic centre stand. It was even fitted with an adjustable windscreen and optional wiper, leg shields and rear-view mirror. Only about 400 to 500 machines were ever built as, sadly, the performance was sluggish and handling poor, so few were sold. Also announced was a sidecar model with a monocoque structure and this was equally unsuccessful.
    • 1929 The designs were short-lived due to major development problems and by the end of the year the receiver was called in.
    • 1930 A London dealer called Rennos sold the stock off.


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