Whitley Manufacturing Co

Whitley of Cow Lane, Coventry produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1905. They had been building automobiles since 1900.

This firm built its own engines, some of which were water-cooled and which hung from the downtube of their motorcycles and sidecar. To help with engine cooling, the latter was fitted with air scoops. Using belt drive and braced forks, it was a typically primitive design.

Whitley engines were sold to Mills and Fullford for use in the Milford motorcycles they produced in 1903-1904.

Whitley Motor and Engineering Co.: During the last twelve months this firm have added to their [range] four other sizes, namely, 3.5 and 4 h.p. air-cooled, and and 5 h.p. water-cooled. Complete engines of each type will shown: also parts, together with castings, so that detail examination can made. The firm are also showing contact breakers, improved automatic feed carburetters, silencers, complete h.p. motor cycle and convertible tri-car, and special belt for forecarriages.

Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 12 November 1903

Report from the 1903 Stanley Show

The Whitley Motor Co will show at the Stanley a variety of motors, including 2.75, 3.25 and 4 h.p. air-cooled, and 4 and 5 h.p. water-cooled.

The Motor magazine, 18th November 1902

The Whitley Manufacturing Co built and marketed sidecars from 1922 to 1929. Their catalogue for 1925 listed 9 different models, and their address was London Road, Coventry.

Sources: Graces Guide, company literature.

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