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Moulton Developments

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of Bradford-on-Avon

1956 Dr Alex Moulton left the family business George Spencer, Moulton and Co when it was sold to the Avon Rubber Co and founded Moulton Developments to concentrate on design of suspension systems for vehicles.

Developed and produced the suspension system for the iconic Austin: Mini, designed by Moulton's friend Sir Alec Issigonis. The combination of conical rubber springs and small wheels was one of the many innovative developments which allowed Issigonis to achieve the Mini's overall small size.

1962, at the Earls Court Cycle Show, the first Moulton Bicycle was launched.

After negotiations broke down with Raleigh to manufacture the bicycle, Moulton Bicycles was formed. Within a year, Moulton Bicycles became the second-largest frame builder in the country (after Raleigh).

During the 1970s Moulton Developments made a coach body - see Moulton: Coach.

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Sources of Information

  • Moulton Bicycle Company [1]