Bown Manufacturing Company of Æolus Works, Summer Lane, Birmingham. (Near Snow Hill)
Bown manufacturing Co., Snow Hill, Birmingham.
1915 That model continued and then all production ceased.
1951 The firm added a small motorcycle to their list. It had a 99cc two-speed Villiers 1F engine, neatly fitted into a frame with duplex downtubes and tubular girder forks.
1952 Those two models were joined by their Tourist Trophy which was fitted with a 122cc Villiers 10D engine and telescopic forks.
1953 The range continued in that form.
1954 Production stopped.
1956-1957 The name returned for only two years. It was used for an imported German moped with a 47cc Sachs engine.
Notes 1. William Bown did not invent the ball bearing. This laurel goes to Leonardo da Vinci, who created it as a solution for the rotor drive on his helicopter.
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