W. R. Heighton

W. R. Heighton of Elton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, produced motorcycles in the early years of the twentieth century.


Arion were motorcycles produced in 1903.

The design was very primitive and so the machine was short-lived.


Heighton was a motorcycle produced from 1904 to 1905.

This machine was a forecar powered by a 4hp Rex water-cooled engine driving a two-speed gear.

It was also sold as the Vinco.


Vinco motorcycles were produced from 1903 to 1905.
  • 1903 A 211cc 2.75 Minerva engine was hung from the down-tube. One machine was used in an 'End-to-End' attempt, but retired.

    Mr BC Holmes... recently made an attempt to break the record from Land's End to John-o'-Groat's - a distance of 876 miles - which stands at 64hr 29min... Unfortunately, he was overtaken by an accident on approaching Warrington... and a pedal crank of his machine was broken. Notwithstanding this reverse, he pluckily remounted and rode to Warrington, where he was advised to discontinue the attempt... He rode a 2½hp Vinco (Minerva engine), manufactured by Messrs WR Heighton of Peterborough, and it stood the test remarkably well.

  • 1904 A 3½ hp model was added, plus a forecar powered by a 4hp Rex. It was also sold as a Heighton.

Source: Graces Guide

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