Pasco Motorcycles

Pasco Motorcycles

Manufactured by McCrae & Pascoe, 242 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Pasco 1920 770cc JAP V-Twin

The Pasco, another Australian-built Machine, following American lines but embodying British components.

The second machine is a J.A.P.-engined model known as the Pasco, and is manufactured by Messrs. McCrae and Pasco, 242, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

The frame, it will be observed, has a curved top tube, and possesses graceful lines, while Druid forks are fitted. The mudguards are wide and have deep valances. The lubrication is by a force feed pump combined with a drip feed attached to the lubricating oil tank fitted to the rear, behind the saddle tube, while the transmission is chain-cum-belt through a Sturmey-Archer gear.

Several patents have been incorporated in the Pasco, namely, a patent toolcase underneath the carrier, and a locking device consisting of two lugs brazed to the stand and joined to the stays so that a padlock can be passed through without there being any necessity to use a chain.

The frame is enamelled in black, and the tank black with gold lines, while the wheels are white with gold lines.

Source: The Motor Cycle, July 29th, 1920

Leon Mitchel writes, "The illustration above was published in The Motor Cycle in July 1920, and is reproduced from a scrapbook in the VVMCCSA library. The machine is essentially the A.G. Healing 'kit' common to many local manufacturers (my Blue Bird is an example), with a 6 HP (770 cc) JAP motor and Sturmey Archer CS gearbox."

He also give the following model information:

Masterpiece 6hp 1919-25, built by Healing using a 6hp JAP Motor
Masterpiece 8hp 1920-25, built by Healing using an 8hp JAP Motor
Colt 1920~23 3hp 2-stroke Dalm motor, possibly built by Healing

An article on the Melbourne Motor Show of 1924 says that McCrae & Pascoe displayed 39 solo models, but makes no mention of the Pasco. See McCrae & Pascoe.

Other sources: Tragatsch p247.