Etna was a motorcycle built at the Brixton Motor Works
by Hubert Fawconer Harding for his own use.
1911 Directory lists them as of 289a, Brixton Road, London SW and as motor
It was a mighty tandem tricycle
with a 1,750cc water-cooled V-twin engine, fitted at the rear between the
back wheels and underneath the passenger. It had overhead inlet, side exhaust-valves,
and the crankshaft extended across the frame to a detachable starting-handle.
There were two radiators, between the rider's knees, with a pump to keep
the water flowing. Ignition was by trembler coil to start, and magneto
for running. The fuel tank was positioned alongside and above the engine.
By a complicated process, the gearbox had four speeds. This involved two
crown wheels, two pinions and an epicyclic gearbox.
It was quite a bulky contraption and eventually the front forks were changed
to Chater-Lea. The Etna
was capable of reaching a rate of 70mph/112kmh and this was very fast considering
that speed limits in those days were firstly 12mph and then 20mph. The
capabilities of the braking system were always questionable.
The Etna is still in existence and can usually by seen in the Pioneer
Wed Aug 15 2012
etna chassis number
brixton motor works etna
etna 1904 than is still in exsistance bears the chassis number
it started life as a de dion bouton tricycle but was not fast enough
for mr harding or capable of carrying this girlfriend so he extended the
frame and built the v twin engine from 2 engine he built for the gpo
in its day etna was know in south london as the ghost of the portsmouth
road as nothing the police had could keep up as mr harding rode to see
sussex , uk
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