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W. W. Bannister and Co

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Unecar were motorcycles produced by W. W. Bannister and Co of Maidstone, Kent, from 1909 to 1912.

See Walter William Bannister

1905 Partnership dissolved. W. W. Bannister and W. C. Gadsdon, motor engineers and cycle agents, Crawley, Sussex, under the style of W. W. Bannister and Co.[1]

1909 This machine was a tricycle with a motorcycle front end coupled to two rear wheels that had a seat fitted between them. It had a 3.5hp engine mounted on the right of the driver's footwell, two-speed gear, and transmission was by belt.

1910 December. 'The 'Unecar' and the 'Morgan Runabout' may be quoted as being good examples glorified tricycles that ought to become popular amongst the fair sex.[2]'

1911 A 4.25hp Fafnir was fitted.

1912 Production continued with the same Fafnir engine for that year - their last.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times (London, England), Saturday, February 11, 1905
  2. Derry Journal - Monday 05 December 1910
  • 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