A Brief History of the Marque
Made in England by Townsend and Co of Birmingham from 1919 to 1922, the Autoglider was part of the first scooter boom. It had a 292cc Villiers or 269cc Union two stroke mounted above the front wheel.
The platform was on small disc wheels running 16in x 2 3/4in tyres and the handlebars were carried by a long twin-tube extension, with the cylindrical fuel tank fitted between them. Later models had a seat and lower handlebars with the fuel tank set between them.
Models for 1920 were A, B, C, D and E, the a latter a "racing" machine with a claimed top speed of 50 mph. The others were listed as capable of 47 mph.
It is believed that scooters were also marketed as Townsend and TST. Around 1923 the National Manufacturing Co. purchased the remaining stock and announce that they would be fitting them with Villiers MkIV engines.
THE INCOMPARABLE AUTOGLIDER
THE ALL-WEATHER GENERAL PURPOSE MACHINE.
An enjoyable and practical solution of the travelling problem. Speed - Walking pace to 40 miles per hour.
ENGINE - 2 3/4 h.p. Autoglider Union Two-stroke.
DRIVE - Chain through stee! plate clutch.
BRAKES - Two. Band, one foot one hand.
CHASSIS - Steel tube fitted with the patented Autoglider suspension, of laminated steel springs.
WHEELS - Disc shod with Autoglider Palmer Cord tyres 16 x 2 3/8.
MUDGUARDS - The most efficient ever made.
Some performances of the unbeaten Autoglider:
Birmingham to London reliability run, 112 miles in 4 hours 48 minutes.
Silver Medal - Style Cop Hill Climb, July 19th.
1st Prize Southend Hill Climb.
Gold Medal - Sutton Bank, Sept. 8th.
Winner Luton Speed Trials, Sept: 13th.
Silver Medal - Style Cop Hill Climb Sept. 27th. The Autoglider climbed Leathley Bank, Yorkshire, Oct. 4th, with two passengers; total weight of passengers, 19 stone 11 lb.
Write for advance list to AUTOGLIDER Limited, Caxton House, Great Charles Street, BIRMINGHAM.
Price £40 nett delivered Birmingham.
LIST OF AGENTS WILL APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE. THE MACHINE THAT IS WELL WORTH WAITING FOR.
The Motor Cycle Nov 20th 1919, Advertisement
Sources: Graces Guide, Henshaw