A Brief History of the Marque
A Coventry-based bicycle firm founded in 1883, they began motorcycle production in 1912 with sidecar machines utilising JAP 746cc and 980cc V-twins, and in 1914 introduced the Sparkbrook Light Motorcycle with a Villiers Mark I engine, a model which continued until production of motorcycles ceased in 1925, and ownership of the marque passed to Singer.. In later years they employed Bradshaw oilcooled power units and Bar & Stroud sleevevalves, along with JAP 346cc sv singles.
They also produced machines with the Spark label in 1922.
Perhaps the most interesting machine in the Sparkbrook display will be the new Villiers-engined Spark. Having a frame in which no castings are employed, and a steel tank incorporating an air-pressure lubrication system, the little machine bristles with novelties, and is well worth a close study. The Spark will be sold as a single-geared or clutch model, but the standard Villiers-engined Sparkbrook models are retained, and may be fitted with the Sparkbrook two-speed gear and clutch. Another new model, having a 350 c.c. J.A.P. erigine and three-speed Sturmey-Archer gear, will also be shown.
The Motor Cycle, November 24th 1921
Sat Nov 02 2013
Early Motor Cycle
Sparkbrook not known
This photo is said to show a relative on 1914 m/cycle, but I wonder if it is slightly older? Any help dating this will be much appreciated.
Sat Sep 07 2013
Hi. Ive come across a sparkbrook in Italy but they have advertised the year as 1909 with english documents. I understand the first production year was 1912. What should I look for to find which year it is and what is the average price as they are asking 8000 euros.
Wed May 13 2009
jrpowell1 at hotmail dot com
I know virtually nothing about this photo except it belonged to my grandmother. I would appreciate some help in identifying the year and the model.
Fri Jan 02 2009
comben at hotmail.co.uk
sparkbrook motorcycle 1924
any information or photos on the above sparkbrook, the sparkbrook i am rebuilding is a 250 villiers . chain drive, three speed gear box
Fri Nov 21 2008
howardtoon at hotmail dot com
Sparkbrook C. 1912
I came across this photo of my grandparents on their Sparkbrook motorcycle and wondered if you might like to put it in your gallery.
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