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Kerry

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December 1902.
July 1903.
May 1904.
November 1904.
September 1911.
May 1913. 3.5 hp.
May 1913. 5.6 hp twin-cylinder.
1965. Reg No: MTW 62C. Exhibit at British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

Kerry were motorcycles produced from 1902 to 1915, and again from 1960 to 1967.

c.1903 These machines were sold by the East London Rubber Co, of Shoreditch, a company under the direction of Alfred Kerry. The motorcycles were fitted with Belgian Kelecom and FN engines, in a loop frame with curved downtube; the frames were made by other suppliers. As a high-built primitive, it had belt drive and braced forks. Engines were of different sizes and there was also a ladies' model.

1906 onwards. Kerry became linked to Abingdon and added V-twins to the range. Soon, using those engines, they were sold as the Kerry-Abingdon; models included ones fitted with a 3hp single and a 6hp V-twin.

1911 Kerry-Abingdon advert

1915 Having continued in the same vein for many years, production came to a stop - presumably because of the war.

1934 East London Rubber was incorporated as a public company

1943 East London Rubber Co was renamed Kerry's (Great Britain)

1960-1967 The Kerry name reappeared on a range of imported mopeds. These were sold as the Kerry Capitano.

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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