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Rex Motor Manufacturing Co

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Rex Motor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Osborne Road, Earlsdon, Coventry.

1901 The company was formed by the merger of the Birmingham Motor Manufacturing and Supply Co and Allard and Co.

1901 Made the 'Mountaineer' motorcycle for the International Motor Car Co

1902 Enlarged their works and built a range of three and four wheel cars and their first motorcycle with a 247 cc four-stroke engine.

1902 August, Details of the 14-hp two-cylinder motor.[1]

1903 The Rex design was changed and a 'beehive' silencer added, so that it was incorporated into the right side of the cylinder. Thus, the model had an unconventional exhaust and silencer. That year also brought the arrival of air-ducted engine cooling. A Rex was entered for the Paris-Madrid race, but failed to start.

1904 A combination tool and battery box was fitted between the seat tube, chain stays and rear mudguard on a machine with a 3.25 hp engine. Harold Williamson set a new End-to-End record, which he kept until 1908.

1905 July. Details of the Rexette two-cylinder car.[2]

1906 Made the first telescopic forks, and several other innovations including rotary-valve engines

1906 Claimed 'the largest output of any motorcycle company in the world'

1907 Built the 'Blue Devil' 5 hp V-twin machine for Muriel Hind

1908 Rex were the first to angle the top tube downward to lower the riding position.

1910 Following further expansion, a new engine cradle was introduced. This replaced an outdated version that had been in use since 1902. They also produced 499cc two-stroke Rex Valveless with magneto ignition. This was eventually sold as the PMC.

1911 The Company fired the founders after a boardroom row and with them went a lot of the company’s prestige. Billy Williamson, who had been the Managing Director left and formed Williamson Motor Co. Harold Williamson became Sales Manager at Singer.

1912 William Pilkington left the company and sold his share to George Hemingway, under whom the firm then went on to make its own engines.

1912 Richard Lord (2) of the company married Muriel Hind

1912-1916 Various models were produced under the Rex-JAP name with many being built in the Rex works but sold by the Premier Motor Co of Birmingham. Gradually the range shrank and by 1916 only chain-driven, three-speed V-twins were produced. All production then stopped completely.

1912 Spennell's lists them at Osborne rd, Coventry and as motorcycle manufacturers [3]

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

1914 In voluntary liquidation. '...In the Matter of the REX MOTOR MANUFACTURING CO. Limited. (In Voluntary Liquidation.)...'[4]

1920 A three model range appeared consisting of two 4hp singles and a 8hp V-twin - all with three speeds and chain-cum-belt transmission.

1921 The Rex company joined forces with Acme Motor Co and then became Rex-Acme.

1936 Listed to be struck off [5]

Early Registrations


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Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1902/08/23
  2. The Autocar 1905/07/15
  3. Spennell's Annual Directory of Coventry and District, 1912-13
  4. [1] http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29492/pages/2270] Gazette Issue 28977 published on the 17 November 1914. Page 60 of 104
  5. [2] Gazette Issue 34351 published on the 18 December 1936. Page 17 of 96
  • 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
  • [3] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • [4] Yesterday's Antique Motorcycles web site
  • [5] Wikipedia on Rex