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British Motorcycles

Ixion Motor Manufacturing Co

Manufactured 1910 to 1923

Advertisements of 1915 and 1920 give their address as Gt. Tindal St, Ladywood, Birmingham. Later they are believe to have moved to Smethwick, Staffordshire (now West Midlands)


  • 1910 This firm produced a pair of singles fitted with 2½ hp JAP and 3½ hp Precision engines, belt drive and spring forks.
  • 1912 By now they were using 3½ hp and water-cooled 4¼ hp Precision engines and a 3½ hp JAP for the TT model. The motorcycles were fitted with two-speed Bowden gear, Saxon forks, oil tank mounted on the saddle tube, and fully enclosed chain final-drive.
  • 1914 A 269cc Villiers two-stroke model was added to the range. Typical of the type, it had two-speeds, belt drive and Druid forks.
  • 1915 That model was joined by a similar one with a 349cc Peco engine, plus a four-stroke model with a Villiers engine and another with a V-twin King Dick.

    1920 Advertised Model A 2½ hp 2 stroke, Model B 2½ hp 2 stroke 2 speed, Model B II with a Sturmey-Archer 2 speed, Model C 2½ hp with three speed box and sidecarette (105 pounds), Model D Ladies 2½ hp 2 speed.

    Post War, the company moved to Smethwick, West Midlands, but only had one model. This was fitted with a 269cc Villiers engine, either with direct-belt drive or two speeds and chain-cum-belt drive.

    1922 Only the latter was offered that year.

    1923 Production ceased.

Ixion for 1914

IXION.
Engine - 2½ h.p. two-stroke, 269 c.c.
Iqnition - U.H. magneto, chain-driven.
Carburetter - Amac.
Change Speed - Counter-shaft two-speed, gears 5½ to 1 and 10 to 1.
Transmission - Chain and belt or belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 30in. Ground clearance, 6in. Wheel base, 51in.
Lubrication - Oil mixed with petrol.
Other Features - Druid forks. Continental tyres.
Price - Fixed gear, £26 5s. Two-speed, £32 10s.

Ixion Motor Mfg. Co., Great Tindal Street, Ladywood, Birmingham

British Lightweights, 1914

AN IXION TWO-STROKE SIDECAR OUTFIT.

ONE of the most striking proofs of the efficiency of the modern medium weight machine is instanced by the fact that the Ixion Motor Co. has decided to market a complete sidecar outfit propelled by a 2¾ h.p. Peco engine of 349 c.c.

The whole machine is beautifully proportioned to the engine, and, though light, is fully strong enough for the work required. The engine has a direct belt drive to a Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub. A kick or handle starter is provided. The sidecar chassis is very neat and strong, and no adjustments are used, as the passenger carrying portion has wisely been designed expressly for the light motor cycle. Consequently, it is possible to arrange fixings in standard positions, which, besides being neat and light, greatly facilitates attachment. We have seen the sidecar attached in a few moments, and the fixings are quite. positive.

All the fittings and the finish are well carried out, and the outfit has a most pleasing appearance.

The Motor Cycle, November 19th, 1914.

Notes

  • In 1930, the Ixion brand reappeared as rebadged 250cc New Hudson sidevalves which they were having trouble moving in the very difficult market conditions. Using the Ixion marque enabled New Hudson to sell their stock at much more competitive prices.
  • The company name is also recorded as Whittal Engineering, of Whitall St Birmingham. This appears to be a mistake.
  • The Ixion built by Primus 1902-1904 was at Loughborough Junction, London. It was almost certainly built under license from Ixion of France
  • There is no relation between any of these marques and the famous English motorcycle journalist of the era whose nom de plume was Ixion.

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle



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