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Central Aircraft Co

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January 1920.

The Central Aircraft Company was formed in 1916 at Kilburn

1916 Central Aircraft formed as subsidiary of woodworking firm R. Cattle

1919 First flight of Centaur IV.

1920 At the International Aero Exhibition at Olympia it showed the 'Centaur' three-seater seaplane with a 100 hp Anzani engine. [1]

1926 Company closes in May.


Cambro were motorcycles produced from 1920 to 1921.

This machine came from the Central Aircraft Co of Kilburn, London, using an engine of American origins from Economic Motors of Eynsford, Kent.

At the Motorcycle Show of 1920, this was said to be the cheapest three-wheeler available. It was very primitive and had twenty-inch wire wheels - two at the front and one at the back. It had a skeletal frame and body with a seat for one person.

The name is said to come from Messrs Cambridge (or possibly F. J. Camm) and Broomfield

The engine was of American origin, but had been taken up by Economic Motors of Eynsford, in Kent. They were then selling it as an auxiliary unit for pedal cycles. The engine was a 154cc two-stroke flat-twin Johnson mounted over the back wheel, which it drove by chain. The Central Aircraft Co had been looking increase production after the end of the Great War, but failure to do so caused them to close


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 16th July 1920
  • 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
  • [1] British Aircraft Manufacturers