Victoria Motorcycles Glasgow

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Victoria of Dennistoun, Glasgow

Produced motorcycles from 1902 to 1928.

1902 The company made their own frames to carry bought-in engines and other components. The machines were typical of the era, but of excellent quality. Gradually, over the years, they improved technically.

1908 At the late Stanley show they exhibited a lightweight, two-stroke model. It had a 143cc engine, Ruthardt magneto and the option of a drop frame to provide a ladies' model. They were still very conventional in style.

1910 Stanley Show
Victoria Motor and Cycle Co. Ltd. Glasgow.
Among the exhibits of this well-known Scottish firm will be a new 3 H.P. motor-cycle with magneto ignition. We understand that this is a first-class machine in every way, and is priced at a figure which will bring it within the reach of all.

1912 Precision engines were now being used, along with an Armstrong three-speed rear hub.

1914 A Precision V-twin, Villiers two-stroke and a 2hp lightweight were added.

Engine -2 h.p. four-stroke, 170 c.c.
Iqnition - U.H. magneto.
Carburetter - Amac.
Change Speed - Two-speed gear, contained in crank case.
Transmission - Dunlop 2in. belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 29in. Ground clearance, 5½in. Wheel base, 52in.
Lubrication - Force feed oil pump.
Other Features - Druid forks. Dunlop tyres, 26 x 2.
Price - 25 guineas.
Other Models - 2½ h.p. Villiers two stroke engine, 269 c.c., 25 guineas.

Victoria Motor and Cycle Co., LTD., Dennistoun, Glasgow.

British Lightweights, 1914

1915 The same range continued into that year, but wartime brought a halt to production.

Post-war. They offered a small range using 147cc and 247cc Villiers engines, plus a choice of transmission.

1924 The range was augmented with the addition of four-stroke models using JAP engines.

1925 Engines used were Villiers 147cc, 247cc and 343cc, plus 293cc, 596cc JAP. All had three speeds, but only three had all-chain drive.

1928 The line ran on, little altered, until this year.

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle