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Atlas Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Atlas Engineering Co of Stoneleigh Works, Hill Street, Coventry built motorcycles from 1912 to 1914. It was established by Arthur John Edward Wain.

The Atlas was a short-lived marque built by a small firm in Coventry. They only made TT machines fitted with 492cc & 496cc JAP or Blumfield engines, using bought-in parts. It was a good looking machine finished in black and red. It had a torpedo tank held by plated bands, and Druid forks. In 1915 they advertised a coach-built sidecar. Motorcycle production is thought to have ceased early in the war.

Atlas were listed as bicycle manufacturers until 1932.

Sources: Graces Guide, Henshaw, period publications

There was also an Atlas Babycar built in France 1949-1952, and an Atlas built by Aston of Birmingham. Further informaton under Disambiguation

March 2022

Graham Clayton writes in Comments Arthur John Edward Wain (b. 1882) was behind the Atlas Engineering Co, which was located at 2 Hills Street. They were listed as bicycle manufacturers until 1932.

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