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Arden Motor Co

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November 1913.
March 1914.

of Balsall Common, Coventry

of Berkswell, near Coventry

Not to be confused with the Arden Steam Car Co of Halifax

The founder was a local builder named Ernest Alfred Isherwood.

1912-22 Produced motorcycles and cars

1914 Listed as 'Arden Cycle Co, Balsall Street, Berkswell' [1]

1923 Listed to be struck-off.[2]

Cars Starting out in 1912 as a light and somewhat crude cyclecar, by the time production finished four years later, it had grown into a well-made four-cylinder car, featuring full four-seater coachwork.

The first model in 1912 was a 8hp V-twin, air cooled, 898cc JAP-engined cyclecar with a wooden chassis. This continued in production until 1915.

This was supplemented in 1914 by the 10hp, with either a water cooled, Alpha 1,104cc two-cylinder, or 1094cc four-cylinder engine.

A larger car, the 11.9hp with 1,700cc engine, was made in 1916 only.

One Arden, a 1913 Alpha two-cylinder-engined, two seat model, is known to survive.


After World War I they developed and marketed a spring front-fork with side members from pressed steel, with adjustable links on cup-and-cone bearings. They also produced a 269cc two-stroke engine. That engine and the fork were used by several smaller assemblers such as Endurance, Gaby, Norbreck and Priory.

They are not thought to have produced many complete machines.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Bennett's Business Directory for Warwickshire
  2. [1] Gazette Issue 32805 published on the 13 March 1923. Page 26 of 84
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • Wikipedia