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Hill Brothers (of Wolverhampton)

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HB were motorcycles produced from 1910 to 1923 by Hill Brothers (of Wolverhampton) of Walsall Street, Wolverhampton.

1910 The first machine was listed. HB stood for Hill Brothers, who were Walter, Tom and Ronald, and appeared on an engine of 1.25hp, 136cc. It was possibly meant for a bicycle attachment, with belt drive to the rear wheel.

1920 After the end of World War I, a conventional 348cc single was listed with a two-speed Burman gearbox and chain-cum-belt drive.

1921 The single was joined by a 499cc, three-speed version.

1922 A 550cc model and also one fitted with a 248cc ohv Blackburne engine appeared. In total they offered five different models

1923 The multitude of models over-stretched the company, as for that year there were just the two 348cc models, with all all-chain drive but all production came to an end later in the year

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
  • 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