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T. D. Cross and Sons

T. D. Cross and Sons was founded in 1870 in Birmingham, concentrating in the production of bicycle components under the direction of the Cross family. They developed into production of a popular range of roller chain sprockets and gearing. The competitive pricing and quality of product soon established the company as a major supplier to both Agricultural and Industrial markets.

TDC Motorcycles

TDC produced motorcycles between 1914 and 1915.

The company was already well known for their production of transmission components, described above. For a short period of time they made machines with 3½ hp own-brand and Precision four-stroke engines.

In 1915 they produced a two-stroke with their own design engine. All were sold under the TDC brand name. The overall effect was of a machine of conventional appearance with an attractive style.

TDC engines were fitted to the Lily motorcycle, Eyme, Runwell, Hampton, Maxim of Coventry, Wolf, Witall, the Westovian by R. V. Heath, and also the Perfect.

An advertisement in The Motor Cycle of September 11th, 1913 reads:

T.D.C., 1913, 3½h,p., new June last. F.E., Hutchinsons unpunctured, sidecar, and all accessories: honest bargain, like new, £38, everything bought special T.D.C. combination. 2, Walford Rd., Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle.

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