Francis-Barnett of Coventry were producers of motorcycles from 1920 to 1966.
1947 The company became part of the AMC group but this had no real effect for quite some time.
1949 The range expanded and over the next few years all the motorcycles went over to telescopic forks.
1952 Pivoted-fork rear suspension first appeared, as did the firm's first competition models.
1954 The Cruiser name was revived and used for a 224cc model, which had a frame incorporating pressed members, but without the enclosure.
1957 The company was forced (together with James) to fit the new 249cc AMC engine into the Cruiser. The design of this engine was not as reliable as the Villiers and its troubled performance affected its success. Gradually all Villiers engines used on Francis-Barnett models were replaced by AMC.
1959 A second Cruiser appeared that had the entire rear-end fully enclosed, even the pillion rests folding flush, and leg-shields as standard.
1961 Employs 260 persons. Part of AMC.
1961 Lightweight motor cycle manufacturers, makers of "Francis-Barnett" and "Fanbar" motor cycles. 260 employees.
1962 Villiers engines were once again used in some models, and in particular on the Cruiser Twin and the newly-styled Fulmar with a spine frame, leading-link forks, pressed-steel bodywork and the 149cc AMC engine.
1964 The same AMC engine went into a single-tube spine frame to produce a restyled Plover.
1966 The Plover was replaced by a simple, basic model. The parent company had major financial problems and this brought the end of both Francis-Barnett and James in the October of that year.
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