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R. Walker and Sons

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of Tyseley, Birmingham

Makers of motorcycles and cars (1912-14)

1912 Produced Monarch motorcycles but these were virtually unknown and remained unlisted up to the war years. The machine was typical of the era, with a single-cylinder engine, probably from Precision.

1912-14 Cyclecar powered by an 8hp V-twin Precision engine and manufactured by R. Walker and Sons

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of cars see the 1917 Red Book. Mentions R. Walker and Sons

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

1919/20 Took over Bayliss, Thomas and Co.

Post WWI: Produced Monarch motorcycles from 1919 to 1921. The motorcycles were reputed to have been built as cheaper versions of Excelsior models, and fitted with 269cc Villiers and 293cc JAP engines.

1921 Bayliss, Thomas and Co was moved to Kings Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, and started to trade as the Excelsior Motor Co. The Walker family (father Reginald Walker and his son Eric Walker) took over and after a couple of years, they dropped the original name of Bayliss, Thomas and Co.

Presumably later connected with R. Walker and Son

See Also


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
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9