British Motorcycles

Macklum 1920 Motorette

Guildhall Buildings, Glover St, Birmingham
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Ironfounders, Machinists and Contractors

The Macklum was in production for only two years. Mr. F. MacCallum designed it, and it was manufactured by Alfred Wiseman & Co, the company that made Sirrah and Verus Motorcycles. Wiseman built
motorcycles in the early 1920s (Tragatsch says 1922ñ1925) using a variety of proprietary engines from the likes of Blackburne, Bradshaw, JAP and Union as well as some of its own manufacture. A single
frame design capable of accommodating various different power units was a Sirrah hallmark, and its manufacturer claimed that the Sirrah would ëstand up against bad weather, bad roads, bad treatment, and
win through every time.

Though Alfred Wiseman & Co stopped making motorcycles in 1925, the company continued as Alfred Wiseman Gears, supplying industrial and railway gear components. Below is a post WW2 company brochure,
illustrating their components for trams and trolley buses.

The company was associated with Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln (locomotives), and the MWD (Modern Wheel Drive) gearbox, which was used in the WW2 tank landing craft. The Wiseman & Co gear business was
apparently taken over by EE Diesels (locomotive manufacturers).
Image and description kindly supplied by buyvintage.com

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