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Saxel were motorcycles produced between 1923 and 1924, by Saxelby of Coventry. They were well-known throughout the 1920s for their range of components sold under the Saxessories brand name.

  • 1923 The first machines were marketed using the Saxel name. There were two models, one used a 349cc Barr and Stroud sleeve-valve engine and three-speed gearbox with all-chain drive, the other was a lightweight called the Saxel Junior, with the newly introduced 147cc Villiers two-stroke engine and two-speed Albion gearbox.
  • 1924 The range was greatly expanded. The Junior continued as before but also had the option of a three-speed gear. It was then joined by 247cc and 343cc Villiers two-strokes, also with the option of three speeds although the standard was a two-speed Sturmey-Archer. There was a 499cc version of the 349cc B and S, plus a whole range of four-stroke sv models powered by JAP and Blackburne engines. They obviously over-extended themselves, as the name was gone from the listings by the end of the year.

Saxessories was a motorcycle produced in 1923 by Saxelby of Coventry.

For one season the firm listed one of their Saxel models under this name. It was probably in order to shift some old stock as the machine was a cut-price version of the 247cc Villiers-engined model. The marque was then dropped.

Sources: Graces Guide

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