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Arno Motor Co

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1909. Arno motorcycle TT model. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.
1909. Arno motorcycle TT model. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Arno Motor Co of Arno Motor Works, 85-86 Gosford Hill and of Hill Cross, Coventry were motorcycles produced from 1906 to 1915.

1906 Arno started to produce motorcycles with 3.5 hp sleeve-valve engines.

1908 Long, low singles models were exhibited at the Stanley show. These had their own 3hp or 3.5hp engines, a rear-mounted chain-driven Bosch magneto and a carburettor by either Amac or B and B.

1908 The Arno was an English automobile manufactured in Coventry only in 1908; the car, which featured a 25 hp White and Poppe engine and shaft drive, was introduced at that year's Stanley Show.

1912 Listed in Spennell's at Gosford St (Tel. 339), Coventry. [1]

1912 Those two models were joined by a 2.25hp lightweight and a 3.5hp TT version - a basic direct-belt driven machine.

1913 Moved to Hill Cross and the Gosford Street works were taken over by the Regent Motor Sidecar Co and Hotchkiss

1913 Petition for winding up the business [2]

1914 The marque took the name Red Arno after the TT model was given a red finish. Both 3.5hp and and 4.5hp were available for a couple of years.

1915 The Red Arno model being advertised for sale by W. Swift and Co [3]

1915 There were no further listings after that year.

See also Western Star

National Motorcycle Museum exhibits:-

  • 1911 Arno 3.5hp TT Model

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry and District, 1912-13
  2. [1] Gazette Issue 28758 published on the 23 September 1913. Page 35 of 66
  3. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 30 March 1915
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • [2] Wikipedia
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9