Montgomery Motorcycles

Montgomery Motorcycles was a pioneering British motorcycle manufacturer. Originally based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, following the First World War manufacturing was moved to Coventry.[1] Its founder William Montgomery was an innovator and is credited with the invention of the sidecar.[1] Like Brough, Montgomery made use of the best proprietary components from other specialist companies and concentrated on the production of frames and forks in-house - and Montgomery supplied a number of frames and its own sprung fork to George Brough.[2] In an advert from the time, Montgomery claimed "These Montgomery machines are for the men who prefer a distinctive mount in appearance and performance. That extra degree of soundness – those little touches which distinguish the 'super' machine from the mere motorcycle, come naturally to the Montgomery and at a price that is amazingly low."[3]


The first bike from Montgomery Motorcycles was a flat twin produced in 1913 with a Morton and Weaver engine. The First World War halted production, which did not resume until 1922 in Coventry.[4] William Montgomery continued to experiment with sidecar design and actually competed himself in the 1923 Isle of Man TT sidecar race.[5] The entire Montgomery works was destroyed by fire in 1925[1] but were able to eventually recover and by 1930 were a leading producer of quality two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles. The top of the range was the Greyhound, finished in a special grey enamel paint. The Second World War brought an end to all production and Montgomery ceased trading in 1939.[4]


Model Year Notes
Montgomery Anzani 1924 996 cc 8-valve, 57 degree, V-twin
Montgomery Greyhound 1930 680cc (70 x 88mm) ohv JAP V-twin
Montgomery De Luxe 350 cc 1934 JAP engine


  1. ^ a b c Tragatsch, Erwin (2000). The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles. London: Quantum Publishing. p. 560. ISBN 1861603428.
  2. ^ "Montgomery". Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Montgomery Anzani". Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  4. ^ a b Currie, Bob (1988). Classic British Motorcycles over 500cc. Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 50. ISBN 1-85260-083-7.
  5. ^ "TT 1923 Sidecar TT Results". Retrieved 11 July 2008.

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