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A Brief History of Turner's Commercial Two- and Three-Wheelers
Manufactured: 1946 ~

In the late 1940s the company was formed by Turner Manufacturing Co which operated from Lever Street where the two wheeled ‘Byvan’, costing £120 and the three wheeled ‘Trivan’, costing £150 were produced. Both vehicles were powered by a 148cc (or 168cc Tiger) two stroke Turner engine mounted above the front wheel. giving a top speed of 30mph. Pre-production models were powered by the Royal Enfield 125cc Flying Flea engine.

The ‘Byvan’ was a motorcycle equipped with a steel carrying box capable of a 1.5cwt load. In comparison the ‘Trivan’ had two rear wheels with a 3cwt carrying capacity.

Another product was the ‘Rixi’ which was seemingly derived from the ‘Trivan’ and had a four person seat above the two rear wheels.

None of the vehicles achieved commercial success.


Sources: Graces Guide, History Website UK



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