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Premier Motor Co

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Premier Motor Co of Birmingham

1906 Produced four and six cylinder cars made in Belgium and sold under the Premier name. [1]

Premo was a motorcycle produced in 1909, by the Premier Motor Co. This was the name used by the company for the two-stroke Rex model they sold.

They used the Premo name until late in 1909, when an injunction was taken out against them by the Premier Cycle Co of Coventry. They then became PMC. There was never any connection between the two firms.

1906 Premier Motor Co of Cornwall Street, Birmingham.[2]

1906 Premier Motor Co of Aston Road.[3]

1907 The Premier Motor Co., Ltd., have two stands, one being allocated to cars and the other to motor cycles at the 1907 Midland Motor Show.[4]

1910 Felix Greville, manager of the Premier Motor Co, Aston Road.[5]

1912 The company turned to selling Rex-JAP models with V-twin JAP engines and Rex frames traded only through their own retail outlet. Rex-JAP were motorcycles produced from 1912 to 1916, by the Rex Motor Manufacturing Co of Coventry, and sold by the Premier Motor Co of Birmingham. They produced a range of singles and V-twins using JAP engines in their existing frames. To begin with the machines had two-speeds and belt drive, but by 1914 there were only V-twin engines, but with three speeds and all-chain drive. They continued until 1916, but were not revived after the war.

1906-1907 Produced an automobile of their own design

1912-1913 Produced the Motorette automobile

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book

1913 Patent applications. Alfred Pilkington and Premier Motor Co., Ltd : Foot-boards or rests used or in connection with motor-cycles and the like. 26,099. A. Pilkington and Premier Motor Co., Ltd.; Spring suspension side-cars and the like.[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.
  2. Birmingham Mail - Friday 13 July 1906
  3. Birmingham Mail - Saturday 01 December 1906
  4. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 18 January 1907
  5. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Thursday 15 December 1910
  6. Coventry Herald - Friday 28 November 1913
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press