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Coventry-Victor
Successor AN Weaver (Coventry Victor) Ltd.
Founded 1911
Headquarters Coventry, England
Industry Manufacturing and engineering
Products Aero engines, motorcycles and cars

Coventry-Victor was a British motorcycle and car manufacturer. Originally Morton & Weaver, a proprietary engine manufacturer in Hillfields, Coventry, founded in 1904, the company changed its name to Coventry-Victor in 1911. The company still exists as AN Weaver (Coventry Victor) Ltd.

Coventry-Victor aero enginesEdit

The company started manufacturing horizontally opposed engines in 1904, and on 17 May 1910 one powered the experimental Weaver Ornithoplane, designed by W. A. Weaver, one of the partners in the company. In a series of four tests the Ornithoplane achieved a steady flight for a quarter of a mile, becoming the first monoplane to fly in Britain.[1]

Coventry-Victor motorcyclesEdit

In 1919 Coventry-Victor, using their 688 cc flat-twin engine, started making motor cycle and sidecar combinations many of which were used as commercial outfits and became one of England's leading producers of horizontally opposed twins.[2] The 1927 Coventry-Victor Silent Six has today become a sought after classic motorcycle. The company also supplied engines to many motor cycle and cyclecar makers, especially Graham-White. Motorcycle production ended in 1936.[3]

Coventry-Victor carsEdit

Coventry-Victor 3-Wheeler 1933

Coventry-Victor 3-Wheeler 1933

By 1926, the company found a new scope of activity: they launched their own design two-seater, three-wheeler car with the single wheel at the rear. There were four versions, the Standard, the Sports, the De-luxe, and the Parcelcar; prices started at £75. It used their own horizontal twin-cylinder engines of 688 cc at first, later enlarged to 749 cc, 850 cc and finally 998 cc. Drive was to the rear wheel via a two speed gearbox and chain drive. Early cars had a single brake. There was an updating in 1932 with styling by C F Beauvais and called the Luxury Sports with three-speed gearbox and costing from £110. The previous models remained available. Car production survived until 1938. After the Second World War, a prototype codenamed Venus was made with flat-four 747 cc engine never reached production.[4]

Other productsEdit

In later years the company concentrated on small diesel engines for the maritime market.

Present dayEdit

The company still exists as AN Weaver (Coventry Victor) Ltd. They no longer manufacture engines but provide spares and offer a service to maintain those they made.[5]

ReferencesEdit

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