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August 1923

Sharratt were motorcycles produced from 1920 to 1931 by Sharratt of West Bromwich.

John Sharratt had previously been a cycle maker who made his first motorcycle in 1911, but after the Great War he went into production by assembling machines from bought-in parts. He used mainly JAP engines.

1911 John built his first motorcycle using a 4.5 hp Precision engine and a three-speed hub

1919 Gilbert Sharratt returned from the war and helped his younger brother Gordon to build a few machines

1923 When the 147cc Aza two-stroke engine appeared, that was used, and gradually the range stretched from the 293cc single to the 996cc V-twin and included sporting models with ohv engines.

1924 Production became more limited but continued for some years with Villiers and MAG engines sometimes being used alongside JAP.

1926 Introduced the 8 hp V-twin and a 350 cc side-valve and a 350 cc OHV models* 1930 The range had reduced to three models all with 346cc JAP engines - one sv and the other two ohv.

1931 Only the ohv models continued for that year, after which motorcycle production ceased. Over a hundred machines had been built.

  • Note: The company then successfully turned to car dealing.

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
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site