emu
British Motorcycles

Imperial Motor Industries

Autoped was a motorcycle produced from 1916 to 1921.

This was an American machine built under licence during an early scooter boom that occurred after the end of the First World War. It was made by Imperial Motor Industries of London, using a 162cc four-stroke engine fitted to the left of the front wheel. It had a platflorm frame with no seat. A second version, also with a platform, used an electric motor instead of the four-stroke, and the batteries were carried on the platform. Few were sold and its life was short.

The Autoped "Wonder of the World" was copied by Krupp of Germany, CAS in Czechoslovakia and others. ["Scooters" published by MotorBooks International]

1920. The Imperial Motor Industries, Ltd., 11, Denmark Street, London, W., have an interesting and representative display of general accessories. These comprise Tangye jacks, specially suited for heavy vehicles by reason of their durable cone struction, lamps in wide variety including electric types, horns, tool kits, tyre pumps, etc. [http://archive.commercialmotor.com/article/19th-october-1920/25/imperial-motor-industriesltd]

Sources: Grace's Guide



If you have a query about about this page, or have some information to add, please contact us


Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Classic Motorcycle Fibreglass
Tanks, seats, guards and fairings for classic bikes, cafe racers and post-classic motorcycles.