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Pearson and Cox

The Pearson-Cox was a steam-powered motorcycle produced by Henry Pearson and Percy Cox in Shortlands, Kent, from 1912 to 1914.

Pearson-Cox Ltd was already well known for their steam-powered cars and after two years of experiments they produced a motorcycle fitted with a 3hp steam engine which was fitted in the area which conventionally houses the gearbox between the saddle tube and the rear wheel, which it drove by chain. The frame and forks were sourced from the Moto Reve concern in Switzerland.

The machine, which in some ways resembled the Serpollet, had a maximum speed of 40mph-45mph. Some machines were labelled Dawn.

Subsequently the rights were sold to the Steam Cycle and Motor Company of St Michael's Road, Croydon.

Sources: Graces Guide, Howard Burrows,

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