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Paragon motorcycles / cyclecars produced between 1914 and 1921. The original company was called Portway-Cooper and R. Portway and Co of Brantham, Manningtree,
1914 The first model was built. It had a 2¼ hp, 225cc two-stroke engine with petroil lubrication, chain-driven U. H.
magneto, Amac carburettor and two-speed Paragon gearbox. With Radco forks and a
torpedo-shaped fuel tank, the machine had a distinctive look.
1915 That model was joined by others of 346cc and 511cc that were very
similar except for hand-pump lubrication.
Post-War. As the Paragon Motor Manufacturinng Company, they returned with a 358cc two-stroke engine in-unit with a chain-driven two-speed gear and belt final-drive. This was
fitted into a spring frame with compression and rebound coil springs, contained in vertical tubes either side of the rear forks ends, and which doubled as supports for the rear
carrier. Projecting lugs accommodated the wheel spindles.
1921 By early in the year the makers had gone out of production, but it
was not to be the end of the design.
Note: A revised design that kept the same features re-entered the
market as the New Paragon with a different firm, some 30 miles away at Braintree, and continued for one more season.
A book on the marque may have been written by Frounfelker of Canada.