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Coventry Mascot

Coventry Mascot were motorcycles produced from 1922 to 1923 at Stoke, in Coventry.

1922 It was the first Coventry firm to utilize the Barr and Stroud sleeve-valve engine, when, in May of that year, they introduced a 349cc model. To clear the central exhaust stub on the engine, the frame was given a bifurcated front downtube. It also had Maplestone forks and Webb internal expanding brakes front and rear. A two-speed Burman gearbox with belt final-drive provided the transmission.

1923 Further options were introduced, in the form of three-speeds; a Bentley and Draper spring frame with shock-absorbers; and a 349cc ohv Bradshaw model with all-chain drive.

A 350cc Bradshaw-engined Coventry Mascot was ridden by JL Brown in the 1923 Isle of Man Junior TT, but he failed to finish.

Later that year they withdrew from the market.

The 1922 Olympia Show.


Sleeve Valve or o.h.v. Oil-cooled.

2¾ H.P. Model.

70x90.5 mm. (348 c.c.); one cyl. four-stroke; sleeve valves; hand pump lubrication; Vici carb.; gear-driven mag.; 2-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain and belt drive; 26x2½in. tyres. Price: Solo, £67; with Sidecar, £87.

COVENTRY Mascot Cycle Co., Ltd., Camden Street, Coventry.

These machines are of thoroughly conscientious design and form a very nice housing for the Barr and Stroud engine. The front down tube is duplex in order to give the necessary clearance for a straight exhaust pipe. The steering head is an excellent mechanical job, its inner curve being struck to a true radius without corners. All fittings are brazed. Very sensible footboards are fitted, and both the brakes are of the Webb type. Various transmission options are given. One model has a tremendous expansion box with the tail pipe carried up to the level of the pannier bag for the purpose of negotiating water splashes.

2¾ H.P. Model.

68x96 mm. (349 c.c.); one cyl. four-stroke; overhead valves; mechanical lubrication; Amac carb.; gear-driven mag; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 26x2½in. tyres. Price: Solo, £69; with Sidecar, £89.

This model is fitted with the new vertical single cylinder oil-cooled Bradshaw engine, equipped with overhead valves and mechanical lubrication. The frame and riding position are of the sports type, and as this engine has a high efficiency the machine is decidedly attractive.

Olympia Show 1922
The Motor Cycle, November 30th, 1922. Page 846

Sources: Graces Guide, Graham Clayton.

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