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Chell Motor Co

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Chell Motor Company of Moorfield Road, Wolverhampton.

Chell were motorcycles produced from 1938 to 1939. Production only lasted for a few months. The company first announced a pair of lightweights with Villiers engines.

In April 1939, details of the Chell Lightweight appeared in the 'Motor Cycle and Cycle Trader' magazine. The machine, which sold for £25.10s., had a loop frame and was fitted with a 125c.c., or a 98c.c., two stroke Villiers engine, and had twin exhaust pipes, which terminated in tubular silencers.

There were pressed-steel front forks and a two gallon petrol tank. The machine had an 18watt electric light and was complete with air cleaner on the carburettor, a horn, number plates, central stand, licence holder, tyre inflator, a toolbox complete with tools, and Dunlop tyres. A Smith's lightweight speedometer could be fitted to the machine for an extra 35 shillings.

Both engines fitted into a loop frame with pressed steel forks. The brakes were four-inch drums and ignition and lights were provided by flywheel magneto. It had petroil lubrication and rear suspension was an option.

The onset of war brought production to a close.

See Also


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
  • [1] All Motorcycles Ever Made - Worldwide
  • [2] CyberMotorCycles web site
  • [3] Wolverhampton Heritage and History Society
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9
  • Powered Vehicles made in the Black Country by Jim Boulton and Harold Parsons. Published 1990. ISBN 0 904015 30 0