Saturday, 28 April 2012

Calthorpe Motor Company Ltd

Calthorpe Motor Company Ltd., 81 John Bright Street, Birmingham. 1904-1933. a company which started out as a bicycle maker operated by George W Hands. The first car was a 10 hp four cylinder vehicle.

Unlike many other motorcycle manufacturers, Calthorpe was unable to secure the lucrative government contracts of the war years.

Motorcycle production and vehicle production was hampered by Calthorpes high prices. They never really made it into the mass production market place although the build and quality of their machines gave them an enviable reputation.

The firm was bankrupt in 1938. Very few Calthorpe cars have survived.

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