|In the British midlands the crisis of the depression in the motorcycle industry happened at the same time as many of the small car producers and the many coach builders launched their series of lightweight and very small and cheap cars. Many of the less fortunate motorcycle producer and car producers succumbed and those which survived did so by floating on their reputation and sporting provess or by targeting special niches in the market. One such company policy was the launch of the pressed steel frame motorcycles like the Coventry Eagles with their Villiers two stroke engines.|
THE "SILENT SUPERB"
The well develloped two stroke Villiers is of 150cc with piston governed intake and exhaust. It has a performance enhancing two port exhaust system, a generous aluminium expansion chamber and double silencers.
Electically it is equipped with a Miller patented ignition and lighting system. The carburettor is an Amal and the power transmission is by chains both to the generator, gear box and the rear wheel. Gear box is a three speed Albion and wheel size is 25" x 2.75".
Weight and cubic capacity is like so many times before tailored as a combination to suit the taxation rules of the day.
The motorcycle is finished in black with decorations of gold lines and the marque's famous Carmine red nosed tank. In the tradition of the time, it was also well covered up with shield and panels.
The company also delivered other capacity motorcycles under the same concept.
The Coventry Eagle had their frame stamped and built on car chassis lines. The system was protected under an Exclusive Registered Design and they claimed the benefits to be " -No Malleable Lugs -No Brazing -No Tubing -Absolutely unbreakeable".
|This I may confirm when it comes to my example.
I found this bike lying flat in the woods. I was told that the owners had driven over it by accident, with a tractor, doing forrest work.
It is fairly complete and given time, it will be a valuable piece of Motorcycling History.