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14 models were release for 1937 including:
250cc SV
250cc OHV
350cc OHV
500cc OHV
600cc OHV

A correspondent wrote that he has a 1941 model with a Villiers 9d engine, and that the original registration documents give a date of September 1941. He says that it was most likely made just before the war and registered some time later.

In 1955 the Cotton Cotanza appeared, powered by a 242cc Anzani engine and sporting a new frame with "pivoted-fork" rear suspension. The same frame was used in an updated 1955 Vulcan fitted with a 3-speed Villiers 9E engine.

The Vulcan was fitted with a four speed gearbox, and another Cotanza appeared with a 322cc Anzani twin engine. A Cotton Trials was added to the catalogue, basically a Vulcan with road fittings and lights removed. The Vulcan was no longer listed.

A Villiers two-stroke twin was added to the Cotanza range.

No change to the 1957 range.

All models were fitted with Armstrong leading link forks, and the Villiers 2T twin was dropped.

New models for 1959-1960 were the Herald, Messenger, Double Gloucester, Continental, Corsair and Conquest.

A range of road-racing, trials and scrambler models had all been added to the catalogue by the end of 1960.

1961 range
The range included eight models including the Vulcan 4-speed 197cc in Road or Sports, 250cc Cougar Scrambler and the Continental Duplex Frame 250cc. Two-stroke Villiers engines powered all models.

The Cougar was campaigned by the factory which fielded Brian Goss, John Draper and other riders.

The Villiers Starmaker 247cc racing engine had become available and was fitted to factory road-racers and Telstar production models.

1964 saw the introduction of the Conquest. Competion results were encouraging.

The factory moved to Stratton Road. Production of the Cotton Sturdy three wheel utility vehicle commenced.

The factory moved yet again, and a new 250cc competition machine appeared fitted with a Rotax engine, as Villiers had ceased production. The Rotax was good, but there was fierce competition from the Japanese in both price and performance.

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