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Baughan Motors

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October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
Arrangement of sidecar wheel‘s drive on 1929 machine at Stroud Museum (The Museum in the Park)
Closer view of dog clutch on 1929 motorcycle at Stroud Museum

1920 Henry Percy Baughan founded the firm in Tyburn Lane, Harrow, to make cyclecars

1921 The business was moved to Lower Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

1921 A light cyclecar was tested. It had a single rear wheel driven by a chain from a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox, powered by an 8hp sv Blackburne V-twin that was set across the frame. The simple bodywork incorporated a dickey seat, for occasional use by a second passenger. It is unlikely that the design got much further than the drawing-board.

Also made motorcycles in 1921 and from 1930 to 1936.

Production was moved to the Lansdown area of Stroud.

There was a gap of nearly a decade during which time Baughan became prominent as a driver in sidecar trials. He later became involved with event organizing.

1929-1936 Baughan's motorcycles with sidecars had an optional drive for the sidecar wheel, under the control of the passnger. Baughan started to build machines to order - at the rate of about one per month. He also built solos and his models had engines ranging from 250cc to 500cc, with sv or ohv, and came from Blackburne, Sturmey-Archer or JAP.

1937 Production ended.

Succeeded by Baughan Engineers (Stroud)


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Sources of Information

  • 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
  • Gloucestershire Echo 14 June 2018