Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Whitley Motor Co

From Graces Guide
July 1903.
July 1903.
December 1903.

Whitley of Cow Lane, Coventry

Maker of cars from 1900. Owner was Walter Hubbard

Whitley produced motorcycles in Coventry, from 1902 to 1905.

This firm built its own engines, some of which were water-cooled and which hung from the downtube of their motorcycles and sidecar. To help with engine cooling, the latter was fitted with air scoops. With belt drive and braced forks, it was a primitive design

1903 'Whitley Motor and Engineering Co. : During the last twelve months this firm have added to their h.p. engines four other sizes, namely, 3.5 and 4 h.p. air-cooled, and and 5 h.p. water-cooled. Complete engines of each type will shown: also parts, together with castings, so that detail examination can made. The firm are also showing contact breakers, improved automatic feed carburetters, silencers, complete h.p. motor cycle and convertible tri-car, and special belt for forecarriages.'[1]

1905 December. Arthur Lewis Farmer, director and works manager of the Whitley Motor and Engineering Co. Arthur Farmer, managing director. [2]

1909 Whitley Motor and Engineering Co listed for striking off the companies register.[3]

1910 Appears to have closed but in 1919 the Whitley Manufacturing Co was formed and may be connected

1924 Whitley Motor Co listed for striking off the companies register.[4]

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 12 November 1903
  2. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 05 December 1905
  3. [1] Gazette Issue 28255 published on the 28 May 1909. Page 8 of 100
  4. [2] Gazette Issue 32959 published on the 25 July 1924. Page 38 of 92
  • Coventry’s Motorcycle Heritage by Damien Kimberley. Published 2009. ISBN 978 0 7509 5125 9
  • 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] MICMA Web Site
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967
  • [4] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site