Motor Manufacturing Co of Coventry
Successor to the Great Horseless Carriage Co
MMC were the initials of the Motor Manufacturing Co of Coventry, after the restructuring of Lawson's companies. They made motorcycles at the Motor Mills, from 1898 to 1904, and supplied engines to a number of other manufacturers.
1898 January. Company registered.
1898 At the 1898 Motor Show (Stanley) they exhibited a 'Sandringham' model with an engine by George Iden the Works Manager. It had silent worm gear and for speeds and final drive was by a centrally placed chain.
Production began in 1898 with MMC tricycles and copies of the De Dion engine. These were used by the British Army in the Boer War. They also advertised the Motocyclette, with the engine over the front wheel, which it drove by belt.
They did not produce complete motorcycles for long, but engine manufacture continued into the next century.
1902 May. Roger W. Wallace (Chairman), joined this year to try and resolve the financial problems. J. H. Gretton is previous chairman.
1904 June. The company went into liquidation.
Their buildings were sold to Daimler for £14,000.
Related to Motor Castings Co
See also Daimler
Report from the 1903 Stanley Show
The Motor Manufacturing Co.'s exhibit at the Stanley includes the M.M.C. 2.75 h.p. bicycle motor with automatic inlet valve, loose head and cylinder.
The 1904 2.75 h.p. bicycle motor with mechanically operated inlet valve, loose head and cylinder with and without high tension magneto ignition.
The 1904 2.75 h.p. M.M.C. bicycle motor with mechanically operated inlet valve, head and cylinder in one casting, no collonettes, with and without high tension magneto ignition.
The 1904 water-cooled M.M.C. 4 h.p. bicycle engine, designed specially for fore and side-carriage work, trailers, small boats, small cars, suitable also for many other purposes.
The 8 h.p. M.M.C. single cylinder engine, water-cooled, cylinder and head in one piece.
The two-cylinder water-cooled 10 h.p. M.M.C. engine.
The four-cylinder water-cooled 20 h.p. M.M.C. engine.
The well-known 8 h.p. M.M.C. car complete and a well-finished chassis of same type. Accessories, etc.
The M.M.C. engines have proved so successful during the past season, due to excellent workmanship, that this exhibit should prove most interesting.
Motorcycles which employed MMC engines include:
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