Brockhouse Engineering (Southport)
of Southport was an engineering business
The company produced Brockhouse motorcycles from 1948 to 1955.
1948 The first Corgi went on sale.
They used a 98cc Excelsior
Sprite two-stroke engine that was much like the Villiers
Junior. It had a horizontal cylinder and a counter-shaft for the
clutch. It had a low duplex frame with the petrol tank on top and rigid
forks with fold-down handlebars. It also had small disc wheels, but not
kick-start. It wasn't long before a kick-start and a sidecar
1948-1954 The company built the folding 98cc Corgi folding scooter.
These were exported to the United States from 1947 to 1954 where they were
sold by a department store (possibly Sears), and were also re-badged as
the Indian Papoose. At
this time the Indian marque was
owned by Brockhouse. It
was a small, fold-up bike that had been developed in 1946, as a civilian
form of the war-time Welbike
(a model small enough to pack into a container and drop by parachute).
Two years passed before it went on sale. One of these diminutive machines
was ridden across the American continent. They were also used by the US
Air Force during the Korean War for use by maintenance personnel, and were
often kept aboard aircraft for use in moving around the bases.
1949 Models were produced with telescopic forks and two-speed options.
1952 Those options had now become standard and production continued for
the following year.
1954 The Corgis days were numbered as standards changed, so it went
out of production.
1950-1955 They became involved with the American Indian
make, as a major shareholder, which led them to the production of a 248cc
model under that name, known as the Indian Brave. It was, however, poorly designed and commercially unsuccessful.
During that time they also sold the engine unit and three-speed gearbox
to Dot and OEC.
Note: There is a book on the marque by Peter Miller: From Welbike
to Corgi ISBN
0 9530683 07
Source: Graces Guide
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