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British Motorcycles

Powell Motorcycles

Powell motorcycles were built by the Powell Brothers of the Cambrian Foundry, Wrexham, in North Wales from 1920 to 1925.

  • 1920 The brothers entered the market with a middleweight machine designed for them by an engineer named Edward Alexander Burney. It was a useful and capable machine with a side-valve engine of 548cc, with outside flywheel. It appeared to be very similar to the Blackburne (Burney and Blackburne). The engine sloped forward 30 degrees and was easy to remove. It had a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox and belt drive to the rear wheel.

    1921 Although the machine had been announced the previous year, it was not until 1921 that it was produced in any great number.

    1922 A new range of miniatures was launched, all with a choice of two-stroke engine of various makes, and transmission options of two-speed or three-speed. One model had a sheet-metal enclosure that covered all mechanical parts and provided leg-shields - this was known as the All-Weather.

    1925 Only the miniatures were in production that year and the brothers then returned their foundry to the manufacure of more profitable goods.


The 1922 Olympia Show.

POWELL. (167.)

Two-stroke Models Introduced.

4 H.P. Model

85x96.5 mm, (547 c.c); single cyl. four-stroke; side valves; hand pump lubrication; Amac carb.; chain-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear clutch and kick-starter; chain-drive; 26x3in. tyres. Price: Solo, £ 90; with Sidecar, £110.

Powell Bros., Wrexham.

Of the three 547 c.c. Powell machines, one is a sports model with low handle-bars and a low saddle position. The second is a fully-equipped touring machine, and the third has a sidecar. All three are interesting by reason of the high finish, the exceptionally workmanlike way in which the accessories and details are carried out, and the fact that the single-cylinder engine is carried in an inclined position, instead of vertically as is usual. Inclined as it is, the cylinder gives more room in which to work on any part of the engine, and to a certain extent better cooling is obtained. In addition, this machine has now a really serviceable front wheel brake, and seems altogether to be the work of practical riders.

2½ H.P. Model.

67x70 mm. (247 c.c); single cyl. two-stroke: drip feed lubrication; B.&B. carb,; flywheel mag,; 2-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain and belt drive; 24x2¼in. tyres. Price £45.

A smaller model is a two-stroke on conventional lines and of very light weight. Care, however, has been taken to include everything which the rider may desire for the operation and control of the motor cycle. Mudguards of adequate width are fitted to protect the mechanism and the rider. There is also a 343 c.c. Villiers-engined model, which, with a three-speed gear, is suitable for light sidecar work.

Olympia Show 1922
The Motor Cycle, November 30th, 1922. Page 833

Source: Graces Guide



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