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Auto Engineering Co

Auto Engineering Co of Coventry produced motorcycles as AEC

They introduced a single model in July 1914 powered by a 211cc two-speed, two-stroke engine. Steel strips kept the engine in place in the frame and it was fitted with Saxon forks. In most other respects it resembled other makes of that period. Little more was heard of AEC as World War I began the following month.


AN addition to the list of two-strokes is the machine manufactured by the Auto Engineering Co., of Springfield Place, Coventry. The single-cylinder engine is of the three-port type and has a bore and stroke of 62 x 70 mm.

The drive is by belt and chain, the two-speed Condor gearbox being placed well forward so as to obtain as long a belt as possible. The main shaft of the gears passes right through the box and carries the belt pulley in the opposite side to the chain wheel, the box itself being carried on a flat slotted plate at the base of the seat tube.

The engine is mounted in a somewhat unusual manner, being carried between two steel bearer plates bolted direct to the frame. This method relieves the crank case of all frame strains and also enables the engine to be detached with considerable ease. The frame has double top tubes and is fitted with Saxon forks and 24in. wheels.

The Motor Cycle, July 23rd, 1914.

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

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