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Hal was a motorcycle sold by a London dealer named Holborn Autochange in 1911.

This short-lived make came and went in space of one year as it was so similar to many others of that era. It had a 3½ hp engine, belt drive and Druid forks. It had been created by adding a new tank transfer to an existing model.

An interview with Mr. Webster, of the Holborn Auto Exchange, Ltd... elicited the fact that the company was doing a brisk business in second-hand machines. The company has also a very good stock of new models, including Bradbury, M.R., and Douglas machines, and one of its specialities is the H.A.L., a smart little machine fitted with either a 3½ h.p. J.A.P. or Peugeot engine ; the fittings throughout are Chater-Lea. The machine has also Druid spring forks, and the wheelbase is shorter than the usual motor bicycle. One of these machines gained a gold medal in the London to Edinburgh run.

The Motor Cycle, July 6th 1911

The Holborn Autochange, Limited, 100, High Holborn, is instituted for the sale and hire of cheap and trustworthy new and second-hand ntotor cycles. They also buy machines or take old ones in part payment for new.

The Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume 33. December 1911

Sources: Graces Guide

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