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Bluebird was a motorcycle produced circa 1920s.

Post World War I, a revised form of artillery wheel had been patented by John Thomas Ireland and a Mr Johnston. This wheel was for cars but it was not a commercial success. In the early 1920s John Ireland turned his attention to motorcycles and produced some machines under the Bluebird name. Most were fitted with V-twin JAP engines.

There is an interesting article from an owner of one of these machines in Australia [1]. The pictures are taken from his web site.

It is an Australian machine, assembled by A. G. Healingin, Melbourne, Australia.

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Sources of Information

  • 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