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Wynne Motor Scooters

Produced in 1919 by J. W. Oates of Douglas, Isle of Man.

There was such a demand for transport after the end of World War I that many hopefuls entered the market for a short time.

This particular machine was a scooter with a 269cc two-stroke engine. Unlike most others of the era, it had both front and rear suspension. The make was soon gone.

Wynne Scooter, 1919

The Wynne scooter, fitted with a two-stroke engine of 2¾ h.p.


The interest in scooters shows no signs of diminishing, and every day we hear of new propositions, designed, made, or projected. There is a decided tendency now for designers to embody a seat and so develop the machine into the miniature motor cycle as we have forecasted. The latest machine to be brought to our notice is the "Wynne" scooter, the design of Mr. J. W. Oates, Mona Terrace, Douglas, I.O.M., which appears to embody many desirable features.

A light pressed steel frame carries a 2¾ h.p. two-stroke engine at its fore end which drives a countershaft clutch, by chain, at the rear, whence another chain transmits the drive to the rear wheel. The machine is sprung fore and aft, the forks by coil springs, the rear wheel by leaf springs; and both wheels are efficiently guarded by aluminium covers made in two halves to facilitate removal.

Petrol and oil tanks are carried above the engine, and at the rear the frame supports long rubber-covered footboards, which are only a few inches from the ground. The whole is enclosed by a cover, which has convenient doors to give access to the engine, etc. 16 x 3in. disc wheels are fitted.

The gear ratio is 5¼ to 1; hence it approximates to a conventional two-stroke motor cycle in respect of power and speed, but weighs only 50 lb. It is the intention of the designer to embody a small dynamo for lighting front and rear lights, and the suggested price is;£35.

The Motor Cycle July 17th, 1919.

Source: Graces Guide

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