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Imperial Cycle Co

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From 1887 the company made bicycle fittings and, later, complete bicycles, possibly after Norman Duckwood Downes (sic) bought the ailing bicycle business of Hearl and Tonks (founded 1892).

1901 It is said that Downes created Imperial Cycle Co in 1901, but no official record of the this company's formation has been found.

1901 Imperial made their first motorcycle. The engine was mounted forward of the handlebars with a leather belt driving the front wheel. It failed to sell.

1901 a "New Imperial" Motor Cycle was exhibited at the "Stanley Show," London.

1902 At the Stanley Show they had a 2hp model.

1903 They were no longer in the market.

1907 The Imperial Motor Cycles commenced production on a small scale, and this increased steadily.

1907 SHAREHOLDERS of the Imperial Cycle Company Ltd were given notice that, in accordance with the Companies Act, 1862, the Final Extraordinary General Meeting for the dissolution of this Company, confirming the sale of its assets to the New Imperial Cycle Co. Limited, as per Special Resolution passed on December 13th, 1907, and confirmed on 30th December, 1907, will be held at Lower Loveday - street, Birmingham, on Monday, February 8th, 1909.[1]

1908 Official records show the formation of a limited company called the New Imperial Cycle Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 29 December 1908