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1904. H. Martin Breaking a World Record.

Martin were motorcycles produced from 1911 to 1915 and again from 1920 to 1921. The make was started by Harry Martin of Croydon, Surrey.

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1907 Dispute. Harry Martin of 146 Kingsway, Whitehorse Road, Croydon. Claimed against Guiseppe Vedast of 139 Cherry Orchard Road, motor car dealer, over the sale of the business. [1]

1909 G Vedast, Motor Engineer, 15 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon[2]

1911 Two machines were listed, fitted with JAP engines. One was a tourer and the other for racing.

1914 The company expanded and was listed as Car and Motor Sundries of Shaftesbury Avenue, London. By now the range went from a 2hp ohv single to an 8hp V-twin. The smallest had a Precision engine and was listed as the Martin Junior.

1915 The only models for that year were the Junior in sv form and a 2.5hp JAP model.

1920 After the War, it was announced that production would recommence. The range would concentrate on twin-cylinder speed models with MAG engines. Production was now from the works of A. G. Millier in Willesden.

1921 Entries were made in the Junior and Senior TT, but with no success. Models were listed with 293cc sv single and 498cc V-twin JAP engines fitted with the unusual choice of Claudel Hobson carburettors. They had Albion and Burman gearboxes respectively. Production soon slowed and the marque then disappeared.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette - Saturday 17 August 1907
  2. 1909 Phone directory
  • 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
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9