The Dunkley story began in 1896 with the introduction of a coal-gas powered vehicle with the wheels in diamond formation. 1901 saw another attempt to capture a market share, again with a gas-powered machine. The Dunkley Number 3 appeared at the Cordingly Show of 1902, and remained on the market for several years.
The firm also produced a range of sidecars, available in 1911 and possibly earlier, and built the Alevechurch ALC cyclecars before and after the first war.
1915 The models continued and the 349cc two-stroke now had three speeds.
1916 All models were fitted with JAP four-stroke engines.
It was not a good time to enter the motorcycle market with a range of models and it was very short lived.
1924 There is mention of a single speed 750 V-twin Pramotor, but no source has been found to verify this.
1950s The Dunkley Whippet 60 scooter was introduced in April 1957 and remained available until 1959. It first appeared at the 1956 Earls Court Show as the Mercury Whippet 60. Fitted with a 60cc ohv engine designed by Bruno Fargion, the Whippet utilized an Italian frame. Handling was not a strong point.
Other models of the mid-1950s include the Dunkley Popular Scooter, the 1958 S58 65cc Dunkley Whippet scooter, and possibly the Mercette which may have been assembled by Dunkley after Mercury's demise.
There was also a Dunkley Sidecar from Dunkley's Alvechurch in 1911.
Dunkleys, LTD., Jamaica Row, Birmingham.
Wed Jan 14 2015
stephen.watson2 at rolls-royce.com
Dunkley / Mercury Whippet
I have purchaced a Dunkley / Mercury Whippet which was a barn find to restore and I am attempting to source the bikes original details (if possible) to aid re-registering it. The number plate is :-
TYG 700 (or could be TYC 700).
Does any one know where this info could be found as the company went into liquidation in the late 1950's/60's?
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