Steam motor cycle

Made:
1912 in Kent
maker:
Pearson and Cox

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Pearson and Cox 3 hp steam bicycle, 1912. A number of these machines were made and sold by the firm of Pearson-Cox Ltd,
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Steam motor cycle, made by Pearson and Cox, 1912. The arrangement of this motorcycle is similar to the Serpollet steam car, but it is simplified by the elimination of the condenser and much of the automatic mechanism. Henry Pearson and Percy Cox were apprentices at the General Engine and Boiler Company. From there, they began to experiment of a steam motor cycle. In 1912, they began to offer the steam motorcycle for sale to the public. These were produced for about two years when, in 1914, Cox disposed of his manufacturing rights to the Steam Cycle and Motor Company of St Michael’s Road, Croydon. From 1908 to 1916, the company was primarily involved in the design and production of steam cars and the motorcycle was only a sideline.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1937-704
type:
steam road vehicles
credit:
Nethersole, T.L.
status:
Permanent collection

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