Featured Pages Matchless Flat Twin 1916 An Outstanding Design by Harry Collier
Matchless 732cc HO TwinClement Ader The Stuff of Legend
Pioneer in Telephony, Aviation and Motorcycling
Moteurs AderGuzzi's Grandpa A shaft-drive transverse V-twin from 1904, another deft touch from Clement Ader.
Swan Electric Traction Co
Swan Electric Traction Co of London
Swan was an electric tricycle produced by them in 1909.
The design for the drive system appeared as a patent in 1908, under the name of C. Lassen. The machine had a single front wheel with the motor mounted above it, with the drive by shaft to bevels. The wheel was supported by semi-elliptic springs attached to a strengthened mudguard and steering was by tiller. The bodywork was constructed with a seat to take two passengers, under the seat was stored the batteries. There was also the option of a small van body. As the maximum speed was around 15mph/24kmh, it would have been intented for town use.