A Brief History of the Marque
The Armis Cycle Manufacturing Company, of Heneage Street, Birmingham, manufactured 1919 to 1923 *
Built quite a variety of machines using a range of engines which included the 269cc Precision two-strokes and a 654cc MAG V-twin.
1921 The V-twin returned, this time with a 654cc sidevalve JAP engine, in both solo and sidecar combination versions.
1922 saw the V-twin still in the catalogue, was joined by other models with JAP or MAG engines. They were sold with sidecars to order. Nothing was heard of the marque after 1923.
Tragatsch gives dates of 1920-1923
The Latin word "armis" is suggested to mean in this context, "by force and arms".
Dick Weekes of calthorpe.info writes, "Very interested to have news of this unique bike as we believe that it was built for Armis by Calthorpe. The frame and tank and 293cc JAP engine appear identical to the 1920 Calthorpe JAP. The blanked off hole in the frame behind the engine housed the Enfield two speed gear used on the Calthorpe version."
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