Whitley Motor Co
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.'
1909 Whitley Motor and Engineering Co listed for striking off the companies register.
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.
Sources of Information
- 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
-  MICMA Web Site
- The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967
-  Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site