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AER Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

A.E. Reynolds Ltd of Berry Street, Liverpool, produced AER motorcycles from 1937 to 1940. Earlier the firm produced machines under the Reynolds marque, from 1931 to 1934.

1937 Albert Reynolds first showed his AER model during the Isle of Man races - it had a 340cc twin-cylinder, air-cooled, all-alloy two-stroke engine with pressed in liners for the one-piece cylinder casting and a one-piece head, four-speed Burman gearbox, oil-pump lubrication and Webb forks fitted to a conventional frame. Albert Reynolds had, however, previously produced special versions of the Scott in the early 1930s.

1938 Production of the AER twin began, with an Amal induction tract, flywheel magneto and chain-driven dynamo and oil pump.

1939 The twin was joined by a model with single-cylinder engines of either 249cc or 350cc, using the same frame and running gear.

1940 World War II brought production to a close and it never re-started, although Albert Reynolds continued to sell the last remaining models from his Liverpool shop where many remained, on the top floor, long after the war.

In 1957 Reynolds built a quite advanced scooter with a Villiers engine, hub-centre steering and a disc brake.

Sources: Graces Guide, Tragatsch p69, correspondence, Motor Cycling magazine.

17th Nov 2021
Although Albert E Reynolds ceased motorcycle production in 1939 he did however produce a scooter in 1957.
A prototype scooter was constructed in 1957 with a 250cc Villiers T2 twin 2 stroke engine having fully enclosed bodywork, hub centre steering, a single sided disc brake on the front and flashing indicators.
It was taxed for both 1957 and 1958 but public enthusiasm appeared to be poor and it never went into production. The machine was then dry stored from 1958 until it came up for sale in 2013 which is when I purchased it and it is currently being restored.
Photos attached of the scooter plus magazine articles about it.
David Moreton davidmoreton20 at

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Petegarrod at aoldot com
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