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Sparkbrook Manufacturing Co

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1893. Sparkbrook Track Racer.
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February 1922.
May 1923.
August 1923.

Sparkbrook Manufacturing Company of Coventry were makers of the Sparkbrook cycles, and motorcycles from 1912 to 1924.

1884 4 Sparkbrook Nationals took part in an Ipswich cyclists meeting[1].

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1910 Bicycle. Seen at the National Cycle Collection. Sparkbrook Cycle Company of Coventry.

1912 Late in the year, this long-established cycle firm entered the powered market with a single sidecar model. It had a 6hp JAP engine, two-speed gearbox, chain-cum-belt drive and Druid forks. The coach-built body was suspended on C-springs.

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

1914 An 8hp version was added.

1915 Production of the sidecar model stopped, but a light solo was listed and this alone continued into the following year.

1919 Two models appeared, each with the 269cc Villiers engine. One had direct-belt drive, and the other two speeds via their own counter-shaft gearbox with belt final drive.

1921 Those two models continued with the additional option of a two-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox. During the year a utility-version of the direct-drive two-stroke was added and sold from 1922 to 1923 as the Spark.

The Spark was a very basic utility model fitted with the 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine and direct-belt drive. It had a simple frame with pressed sheet-steel lugs and Gosport front forks. When Villiers stopped making the older engine, the 247cc unit was used in its place.

1922 The range ran on and was joined by a 346cc sv JAP model.

1923 They changed to the new Villiers 247cc and 343cc engines, kept the 346cc sv JAP and added another model with the 349cc sleeve-valve Barr and Stroud. All modes came with a choice of transmissions and speeds, together with complete sidecar combinations with the four-stroke engines.

1924 A 349cc ohv Bradshaw engine replace the JAP, and that, with the others, brought the marque to its close.

1925 Acquired by Singer. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Ipswich Journal 24 June 1884
  2. British Motor Cars 1950/51
  • 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
  • [1] Cyber Motor Cycles web site
  • Miller’s Price Guide to Classic Motorcycles
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles