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Willow Autocycle Co

Willow Autocycle Company, of Victoria, London.

  • Willow was a scooter produced in 1920. This machine used a complete Auto Wheel as its rear wheel and had two simple tubes to support a bicycle saddle, plus two more to support the steering head. Everything was then connected together with a stout wooden foot-board of ash, to give better flexibility and comfort than a metal frame. This was definitely a bonus, as the whole machine was otherwise unsprung. The engine was a 117cc aiv four-stroke, controlled by a single handlebar-lever. The tubular fuel tank was above the wheel, the Auto Wheel standard practice.
  • They also produced a 269cc Villiers powered scooter.


Simplicity in design - the Willow miniature motor cycle.

ALTHOUGH termed a motor scooter, the machine shown in the illustration would perhaps be better termed a miniature motor cycle employing the Wall Auto-wheel as a power unit. For a machine of this type the open frame has many advantages; the simplicity of its construction, which consists simply of bolting the frame tubes which support the front and rear wheels to a stout ash footboard, renders it suitable for quantity production.

This construction gives greater flexibility than a metallic frame, and it is claimed that the rider's comfort is greatly enhanced thereby.

A single lever carburetter is fitted, and, moreover, the compression release device is operated from the throttle lever.

This machine is manufactured bv the Willow Autocycle Co., Willow Works, Willow Street, Victoria, London, S.W.I

The Motor Cycle of April 1st, 1920

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

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