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P. V. Motor Cycles

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PV were motorcycles produced from 1911 to 1924 in Perry Vale, Forest Hill, London, by Elliston and Fell, later P. V. Motor Cycles.

1911 The first machines were seen late in the year with spring frames and powered by either single or V-twin JAP engines, and fitted with Druid or Chater-Lea forks.

1912 The firm then concentrated on using V-twin engines and a countershaft gearbox.

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

1914 The use of the ABC flat-twin engine was considered.

1915 They added a lightweight with a 269cc Villiers engine.

1916 Only the lightweight was listed.

Post-War, a small two-stroke was the only model.

1919 A model was shown with the new Stanger V-twin two-stroke engine, Brampton forks, three-speed Sturmey-Archer chain-cum-belt transmission and a 56mph/90kmh speed potential.

They continued with a wide variety of engine makes for the next few years.

1924 It was their last season in the trade.

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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