Connected with Argus of Baden, manufacturer of buses - not to be confused with the large aviation firm Argus Motoren of Berlin.
1924 A novel flat-twin engine was promoted. It was developed from a 175cc engine built to War Office requirements for a generating set. It was thought to have a use for light motorcycles, but nothing more came of that idea.
1925-c.1930 The invalid tricycle was produced for those few years.
After WWII (c1946/47) the Argson was built by the Stanley Engineering Co. Ltd, Egham.
The Olympia Show, 1922
Argson (Stand 32.)
Help for the Disabled.
l¾ H.P. Model.
60x60 mm. (170 c.c); single cyl. two-stroke;: petroil lubrication; Mills carb.; flywheel mag.; single speed gear; gear drive; 26 x 2in. tyres (rear wheels). Price £85.
Argson Eng. Co. Ltd., Richmond Rd., E. Twickenham, Middlesex.
Consisting of an invalid carriage adapted to take a two-stroke engine, instead of being propelled by hand, the Argson is not likely to appeal to the average visitor to the Show, but nevertheless has, unhappily, a very definite place in the present-day scheme of things. , The hand propelling gear is retained, and serves for starting up. Located at the rear, the engine, which is made by the Argson Company, is quite an excellent little design employing a roller bearing big-end. Its crankshaft extends through an enclosed gear reduction case to carry a Villiers flywheel magneto, which, of course, may be used to supply lighting current if required.
No clutch, in the proper sense of the word, is provided, but it is possible to disengage the gears by a lever operation from the driving seat. Carburetter and sparking plug are also accessible to the driver. Two external contracting band brakes are operated simultaneously by one long lever. Speeds from 4 to 25 m.p.h. are claimed.
Also shown is an electric tricycle, from which, it may be noted, a maximum speed of only 6 m.p.h. is obtained, owing to the necessity of conserving current.
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