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Maxim Cycle Manufacturing Co

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Maxim of Cheylesmore, Coventry

c1897 Company formed by Arthur Bonnick

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details

1898 Bonnick sold the business to the Coventry Wheel Co

1912 Listed in Spennell's directory of Coventry as Cycle Manufacturers. [1]

One motorcycle was listed late in 1912. It was fitted with a 3.5hp TDC engine, a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox and belt drive. The machine was short-lived as it failed to make an impact.

After World War I, the name made a brief return when lightweight two-stroke models were constructed, using bought-in parts. The engines were the 318cc Dalm and JES, magnetos from EIC and Runbaken, carburettors from Amac and the two-speed gearboxes from Albion.

Being similar to many other makes, Maxim was one of a number that failed to survive.

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