The Advance Motor Mfg. Co., Ltd.
The Northampton firm of motor cycle makers have secured a good Position this year, and stage a very representative exhibit of Advance tricars and bicycles. The 9 h.p. tricar, which is illustrated herewith, is an excellent example of a powerful passenger machine. The rear axle is rigid, but both seats front axle are well sprung. The engine is a water-cooled twin-cylinder, with accumulator and trembler coil ignition and Longuemare carburetter. The transmission is by chains through a gear box, provided with three speeds forward and a reverse. The tyres are well up to the power and weight of the machine. There is also a lighter tricar, with 6 h.p. twin-cylinder air-cooled engine, two-speed gear, chain transmission, and saddle instead of bucket seat for the driver ; the front seat is coach-built.
The motor bicycles are 3 h.p. single-cylinder and 6 h.p. twin-cylinder, with Simms magneto ignition. The latter is driven by a chain running in a half-case. B. and B. carburetors are fitted to the bicycles, and spring forks to the twin-cylinder models.
1924 By then they had moved to Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton.
1936 Whipple's Directory of 1936 features an advert by Advance. It states they were Contractors to the War Office, Admiralty & Air ministry. Engineers Specialist Cylinder re-grinding, repairs and replacements, case hardening and grinding.
c1950 Somewhere between 1949 & 1953 Advance was sold to Sheepbridge Engineering of Chesterfield, who were well known for their thin liners for engines. Around this time they were renamed to Advance Motor Supplies Ltd.
1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Distributors / retailers. Listed as Advance Motor Supplies of Chesterfield.
In 1979 GKN purchased Advance from Sheepbridge.
In 1982 the company changed its name to GKN Replacement Services Ltd.
By 1984 their name had changed again to GKN Autoparts Distribution Ltd.
1989 Another name change occurred on 25th Sept 1989 this time to Autoparts Distribution Ltd.
On the 1st January 1990 they then became Partco Ltd and on 1st October 1995 became Partco AutoParts Ltd.
As well as producing their own products, Advance were district agents for Kerry Cars and dealers for Brown and Barlow carburettors.
Advance also had a sister company, Standard Valves which specialised in manufacturing and supplying valves to the motor industry.
Advance shared both their sites in Northampton with a company called Standard Valves. SV were dissolved in 1977.
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