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Dalton Motor Co

Dalton Motor Co. of John Dalton Street, Manchester

  • Dalton were motorcycles produced from 1920 to 1922. The name was taken from the street address and the marque was announced with a flourish of advertising, although it is unlikely that many machines were built. It is thought that manufacture probably took place elsewhere. The models listed and illustrated had 348cc and 499cc sv Blackburne and 689cc sv flat-twin Coventry-Victor engines. Some models sported disc wheels.

They are associated with the Marlow and Marlow-Villiers marques.

Source: Graces Guide

Olympia Show 1920

Dalton. (Stand 15.)

  • 4 h.p. Blackburne; 85x88 mm. (499 c.c); single-cylinder four-stroke; side-by-side valves; drip feed lubrication; Amac carburetter; T.B. chain-driven magneto; three-speed Burman gear; chain and belt drive; Wood-Milne 650x65 mm. tyres. Price £115 10s.

Dalton Motor Co., Ltd., 17-19, John Dalton Street, Manchester.

The 4 h.p. model is an attractive double-purpose mount, suitable for solo riding, and yet sufficiently powerful for a sidecar in all ordinary districts. One of the chief features of this mount is the careful manner in which the mudguarding has been studied. The rear guard extends well over the back wheel, and is provided not only with deep valances, but a special guard over the belt. Footboards sloping to a comfortable angle are provided. As regards the frame, combined lugs are employed where possible, and the tool-bag cases are welded on to the carrier, and not held by clips.

  • 2¾ h.p. Blackburne; 71x88 mm. (350 c.c); single-cylinder four-stroke; side-by-side valves; Best and Lloyd lubrication; Amac carburetter; T.B. chain-driven magneto; two-speed Burman gear; chain and belt drive; 26x2¼ in. tyres. Price £99 15s.

The lightweight model is similar in most respects to the 4 h.p. machine, and is a useful solo mount. Its appearance is considerably improved by the fitting of aluminium disc wheels of quite sound design. Both wheels are completely covered-in, as the edges of the rims are turned over and allow the discs to fit close up against the rim. The method of fixing is by bolts round the periphery of the discs. In this model, mudguarding is equally well carried out. Being a lighter machine, footrests are provided instead of footboards.

  • 5-7 h.p. Coventry Victor; 75x78 mm. (688 c.c.); twin-cylinder four-stroke; side-by-side valves; Best and Lloyd lubrication; Amac two-lever carburetter; T.B. magneto; three-speed Sturmey-Archer gear; all-chain drive; Dunlop 650x65 mm. tyres.

This handsome sidecar outfit, of medium power and weight, well suited for general touring, is fitted with a smooth-running flat twin engine. Having a three-speed gear box and all-chain transmission, it should be capable of going anywhere. The size of the rear mudguard is worth special comment, while the front guard is well valanced. The frame, being composed almost entirely of straight tubes, is of strong construction, and should stand plenty of rough work.

Olympia Show, 1920

The Motor Cycle, December 2nd, 1920. Page 705