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H. J. Talbot

Talbot-London Logo

Talbot Moped, Trojan engine

"The Talbot glides along with all the majesty of a 4½ litre Bentley." Cycling, April 2nd, 1958.

Talbot mopeds were built by a bicycle dealer named H. J. Talbot of Norwood, London.

He used a 49cc Mini-Motor engine, hung under the open frame ahead of the pedals to drive a counter-shaft with clutch by V-belt with chain to the rear wheel. It was also fitted with pedalling gear with a two-speed Derailleur, Webb girder forks, stirrup brake at the front and drum brake at the rear.

The transmission system was soon revised and the Derailleur gear and counter-shaft was replaced with two-speed Albion gearbox. To give the machine some style, the belt and chains were concealed by shields.

Production was limited and would have stopped when the engine supply dried up.

Sources: Graces Guide,

N.B. There are three different Talbot marques, based in London, Wolverhampton and Paris. See Disambiguation

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