Rex was one of the first and foremost manufacturers of motorcycles in Britain. Their advertising slogan read 'The King of British motors', and the firm was a true market leader in design and development.
1910 Following further expansion, a new engine cradle was introduced. This replaced an outdated version that had been in use since 1902. They also produced 499cc two-stroke Rex Valveless with magneto ignition. This was eventually sold as the PMC.
1911 The Company fired the founders after a boardroom row and with them went a lot of the company's prestige. William went on to form the Williamson motorcycle company and Harold Williamson joined Singer. Under the direction of George Hemingway, Rex began manufacturing its own engines.
1912-1916 Various models were produced with many being built in the Rex works but sold by the Premier Motor Co of Birmingham. Gradually the range shrank and by 1916 only chain-driven, three-speed V-twins were produced. All production then stopped completely.
1920 A three model range appeared consisting of two 4hp singles and a 8hp V-twin - all with three speeds and chain-cum-belt transmission.
1921 The Rex company joined forces with Acme and then became Rex-Acme.
Note: Made the first telescopic forks in 1906, and several other innovations including rotary-valve engines and, in 1908, were the first to angle the top tube downward to lower the riding position.
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