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Massey Motor Co

Massey Motor Co of Belgrave Road, in Birmingham.

Massey were motorcycles produced from 1923 to 1929, originally by E. J. Massey

1923 Having left the Massey-Arran company the previous year, E. J. Massey produced a new marque under his own name. The new Massey motorcycle was available from January 1923, and had a 545cc Blackburne engine for either solo or sidecar use. A special feature was internal expanding brakes for both wheels. Soon there were further models with an ohv version of the 348cc Blackburne, plus 292cc and 346cc sv JAP engines. A cheaper version of the 292cc sv JAP model also became available a little later. This had two-speed chain-cum-belt transmission and V-rim brakes. However, by the end of the year, production had ceased.

1924 Early that year, both the name and the rights to manufacture were acquired by R. L. Jepson of Blackburn (Lancashire).

Until the end of the decade Massey machines continued to be available, fitted with either Blackburne or Villiers engines. [1]

Notes: 1. The Massey Motor Co remained in the trade for many more years, specializing in frame and fork repairs. There is some doubt as to whether they actually produced complete motorcycles; Leon Mitchel writes "...if they did produce Massey bikes in the late 1920s it must have been in very small numbers." (, Feb 2018)

The 1922 Olympia Show.

MASSEY. (Stand 29.)

Concentrating on 350 c.c. Solos.

2¾ H.P. Model.

70x90 mm. (346 c.c); single-cyl. four-stroke; side valves; hand pump lubrication; Cox-Atmos carb.; chain-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear : clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 26x2½in. tyres. Price: Solo £75.

MASSEY Motors Co., Ltd. Belgrave Road, Birmingham.

Three Massey models are shown, all very much alike in appearance and specification. Proprietary engines are used - the super-sports J.A.P. in the case specified - and Burman three-speed gear boxes, but the resulting machines are wonderfully distinctive in appearance. Careful frame design accounts for this to a great degree; superfine finish also plays its part. The lubrication is automatic, no sight feed being fitted, but otherwise the specification follows very conventional lines. Internal expanding brakes are fitted front and rear, and extremely neat drain covers.

Also shown are a 348 c.c. J.A.P.-engined sidecar outfit at £92 10s., and a 349 c.c. Blackburne solo machine at £70. Specialisation on one type of machine has, in this case, had the very obvious effect of perfecting that type as far as it is possible.

Olympia Show 1922
The Motor Cycle, November 30th, 1922. Page 862

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

davidmoreton20 at gmail dot com
Raymond Massey is the grandson of E J Massey and he may be able to help you - rmassey57 at gmail dot com
I have a 1923 Massey 550, thought to be the sole surviving 550 and a 1921 Massey Arran 350 Brooklands.
A bit late but good luck
David Moreton

Thu Sep 26 2013
E.J. Massey
Massey-Arran, Massey, H.R.D. Massey Arran
I am trying to research who was E.J.Massey and what happened to him.

Chris Wood

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