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British Motorcycles

Harry Martin

Martin were motorcycles produced form 1911 to 1915 and again from 1920 to 1921. The make was started by Harry Martin of Croydon, Surrey.

  • 1911 Two machines were listed, fitted with JAP engines. One was a tourer and the other for racing.
  • 1914 The company expanded and was listed as Car and Motor Sundries of Shaftesbury Avenue, London. By now the range went from a 2hp ohv single to an 8hp V-twin. The smallest had a Precision engine and was listed as the Martin Junior.
  • 1915 The only models for that year were the Junior in sv form and a 2½ hp JAP model.
  • 1920 After the Great War, it was announced that production would recommence. The range would concentrate on twin-cylinder speed models with MAG engines. Production was now from the works of A. G. Millier in Willesden.
  • 1921 Entries were made in the Junior and Senior TT, but with no success. Models were listed with 293cc sv single and 498cc V-twin JAP engines fitted with the unusual choice of Claudel Hobson carburettors. They had Albion and Burman gearboxes respectively. Production soon slowed and the marque then disappeared.


Sources: Graces Guide



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