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Eclipse Machine Co

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of Oldham

The company had been established in 1872. Sometime the partnership of Shepherd, Rothwell and Hough and the business of Fred Rothwell and Tom Rothwell

1892 Exhibited at the 1892 Stanley Cycle Show with cycles with Nidderman tyres

1901-1916 Produced Rothwell Cars

1901 November. announce they are about to produce a light car with 6-hp engine.[1]

1901 January. Some details of the light car with 6-hp engine.[2]

In 1903 they produced a typical primitive with a small engine hung inclined from a bicycle frame downtube. It had belt drive and unbraced cycle forks. The machine was no more than a bicycle with an engine and was therefore very short lived.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of the Rothwell see the 1917 Red Book

See Also


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