British Motorcycles

A. Barnett and Co

Invicta were motorcycles produced from 1902 to 1906 and from 1913 to 1925.
  • 1902-1906 The name was first used on a short-lived venture that involved the assembly of a primitive machine from basic cycle parts fitted with Minerva and Kelecom engines from Belgium.
  • 1913 The name returned to the market with a small range of lightweights designed by Arthur Barnett.
  • He constructed the Invicta at his works at West Orchard, Coventry. The machines were fitted with 269cc Villiers two-stroke engines with petroil lubrication and a chain-driven magneto. Two models were offered; both had Druid forks. One was belt driven, the other had a two-speed Jardine gear and chain-cum-belt drive.
  • In 1919, he joined with Gordon Francis (whose father, Graham Francis, was co-founder of Lea-Francis) at Lower Ford Street, Coventry to form Francis-Barnett.
Sources: Graces Guide

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