British Motorcycles

Reynolds Runabout

The Reynolds Runabout was a scooter produced from 1919 to 1924, firstly by the Jackson Car Manufacturing Co of Pangbourne, Berkshire, and later by A. W. Wall of Tyseley, Birmingham, who also built the Liberty engine it used.

Produced early 3-wheel automobile

The machine was better designed than most and not dissimilar to many that were to appear some three decades later. The 269cc Roc engine was concealed by panels, and it had a flat floor and an apron that carried the fuel tank behind it. Australian made Flexiforks were used, it was fitted with 22-inch wheels and belt or chain drive. For a more comfortable ride, two bucket seats were fitted on a wooden platform, mounted on a combination of coil and leaf springs.

Although its construction had been well thought out, it was really rather advanced for the times and this was compounded by the general slump in the scooter trade.

In attempt to revive flagging sales, the company tried a JAP engine in place of the Wall, but this did not help.

Reynolds 1921 Tandem Runabout Scooter

'Comfort first' must have been the maxim of the designer of the de luxe tandem Reynolds runabout. A 2¾h.p. J.A.P.engine and Burman three-speed gear are used.

Liberty 269cc Two-stroke Engine 1921

On the Liberty two-stroke engine fitted to the Jupp and the Reynolds runabout, the magneto is driven by an extension of the crankshaft.

Olympia Show, 1921

REYNOLDS for 1922

2½ h.p. Model - 70x70 mm. (269 c.c.); single-cyl. two-stroke; drip feed lubrication; Cox carb.; direct driven mag.; 2-sp. gear : clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 24x2½ in. tyres. Price, solo £78 15s.

A. W. Wall, Ltd., Tyseley, Birmingham. - Already well-known by reason of its unorthodox appearance the Reynolds may be regarded as a useful type of machine for the man who requires a mount for runabout purposes. With its open frame and comfortable sprung bucket seat it is particularly suitable for lady drivers, or for those who take up motor cycles late in life. It is extremely well mudguarded, and with its Liberty two-stroke engine, two-speed gear and chain drive, it is essentially a sturdy little machine capable of hard work and quite suitable for long runs when occasion arises. The springing of the seat platform is particularly interesting, for long quarter-elliptic springs are anchored to the rear of the frame, and support at their forward ends the front of the platform on which the driver's seat is mounted. A second bucket seat can be accommodated at the rear end of the platform if need be. A very easily operated rear wheel stand is another interesting point.

2¾ h.p. Model.- 70x90 mm. (349 c.c.) single-cyl. four-stroke; side-by-side valves; drip feed lubrication : Cox-Atmos carb.; chain-driven mag.; 3-sp. gear; clutch and kick-starter; chain drive; 26x2½in. tyres. Price £105.

As a de luxe passenger machine the larger edition of the Reynolds runabout has many attractive features; for instance, the weight and space of a sidecar outfit is saved. A very complete specification includes Maplestone forks, internal expanding brakes in both wheels, and fully sprung bucket seats for both driver and passenger. Beautifully finished in every detail, the floor and running boards are covered, with rubber and have moulded headings. Either seat is suitable for a lady, since there are no tubes to interfere with dress position. The tubular frame is reinforced at the bends, and the whole machine presents a novel appearance which attracts much attention from the general public.

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Sources: Graces Guide

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