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Revere Motorcycles

The Revere was produced by W. H. Whitehouse and Co of Friars Road, Coventry, in 1915 and from 1919 to 1922. Whitehouse was previously a works manager at the Premier Cycle Company. The motorcycles are believed to have been manufactured by Sparkbrook in Coventry and rebadged.

  • 1915 The company chose the then new 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine for their machine which had a two-speed countershaft gearbox and chain-cum-belt transmission. Wartime meant that the venture was short-lived, and so it was put aside for a time.

    1919 Towards the end of the year, the Revere name appeared once more on a very similar machine with Druid forks, Albion geabox and stirrup front brakes.

    1920 A two-speed Sparkbrook gearbox was also being specified, and a version with single-speed direct-belt drive was listed for the first time.

    1921 A change to a two-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox was the only change that year.

    1922 They changed back to the Sparkbrook gearbox. The single-speed model had been available throughout. It was their final year.

The Revere Showcard. A good step in the publicity campaign pursued by the makers of the Revere two-stroke machine is the publication of a well-designed showcard which will appeal to agents. The Revere is made by W. H. Whitehouse and Co., Ltd., of Coventry, in two models, i.e., with or without a two-speed gear.

The Motor Cycle, October 14th 1915.


Two models of the Revere two-stroke machine will be marketed next year, a single and a two-speed model. The general design will be as before, though a few details have received attention; among them is the oiling system, carried out from a pump to the inlet pipe.

On referring to the sketch of the new system, it will be seen that a pipe leads from the pump to the crank case, the bolt for the engine hanger being drilled out to receive it. To improve the weatherproofing of the machine it has been decided to introduce black enamelled rims in lieu of the usual plated ones. A point about the single-speed model is that no alteration is required if it IS desired to fit a two-speed gearbox, ample accommodation for which is provided.

The Motor Cycle, October 21st, 1915. Page 394

It is possible that manufacture continued in some form at Berkshire at the home of Walter Henry Whitehouse, who died in the late 1920s.

Sources: Graces Guide,

Sat, 13 Jan 2018
spencerlloyd10 at
WH Whitehouse Revere 1920

Hi,Was just wondering if you have any info on what a 1920 W.H Whitehouse revere is worth? My dad has one and is finding it very difficult to find any info on it's value, it's in excellent condition and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time Regards Spencer.
London United Kingdom

    The Revere is very rare; a good example sold in 2007 for over £4,000 and is now in the Coventry Transport Museum. This page may prove helpful Vintage Motorcycle Prices

Sun Apr 14 2013
tonyhealion at
revere villiers
have you any more information on the 1913 revere

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