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.