British Motorcycles


Massey-Arran were motorcycles produced from a variety of premises in Birmingham, between 1920 and 1924.

  • 1920 The make started out with a 292cc sv JAP powered design, with a choice of either touring or sports trim. These well-made machines had Arden or Brampton forks, CAV magnetos and two-speed Sturmey-Archer chain-cum-belt transmission; the sports version had a straight-through exhaust pipe.

    1921 A 677cc sv V-twin JAP model appeared. This had a saddle-style toolbox in place of the usual rear carrier.

    1922 Only 350cc machines were produced, with either Blackburne or JAP engines. During the year E. J. Massey left the company to set up Massey and things became somewhat unsettled.

    1923 By the middle of the year things were looking pretty grim, and it was advised that, in future, spares would be available through Messrs. Hobbis Bros., who made the Triplette machines.

    1924 During the year, attempts were made to restart the production of complete machines. This was from premises in Smethwick and as a re-organized company. The venture was not successful.

MASSEY-ARRAN at the Olympia Show

If the Massey-Arran had never achieved any other success it would go down in history as the machine on which J. Whalley put up such a lone fight against adversity and all the favourites in the 1921 Junior T.T. Incidentally, Whalley has now joined the staff of the makers, and will be in attendance at Olympia. Excellent detail work and finish characterise the Massey-Arran products, and for 1922 it is intended to concentrate on the lightweight single.

The Motor Cycle, November 1921

Sources: Graces Guide

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