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Federal (CWS)

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Federal and Federation Motor Cycles.

View the Motor Cycle 1923 sales brochure.

From 'The Motorcyclist' 1922.
From 'The Motorcyclist' 1922.
Image kindly supplied by Stephen Hartley. Powered by a Villiers Mark V 269cc engine with 2-speed Albion gearbox. Reg no. AJ 8519.

Federal motorcycles were produced from 1921 to 1929, by the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS).

1921 The Federal was first seen in 1921. It was a lightweight version of the Co-operative Wholesale Society Federation brand. Fitted with a 269cc Villiers engine, this was a conventional machine.

Later, 172cc Villiers engines were used along with three-speed all-chain transmission and Sturmey-Archer gearboxes.

1929 The name was dropped, but company continued with the Federation until 1937, when they went back to the supply of groceries

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] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site