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Colonial

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1914. Reg No: AY 14. Exhibit at Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester.

Colonial was a motorcycle produced between 1911 and 1913 at Ibstock, near Coalville. The company was set up by Harry Poynton Carter.

The engine was own-produced and was a two-stroke of about 450cc. As it was considerably larger that the usual 3.5hp four-stroke engine that customers preferred at the time, this cannot have helped sales. The rest of the machine would have been very similar to others available and made with bought-in parts.

Sold by Service and Colonial

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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