Avro Monocar motorcycle

1926 in London
A V Roe and Company Limited

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The Avro monocar 2.5 h.p., 1926. This is an original design by Sir Alliott Verdon Roe and probably intended as a
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The Avro monocar 2.5 h.p., 1926.

This unusual two-wheeled monocar was intended to be to prototype for a form of economical transport combining motorcycle simplicity with motor car comfort. It did not cme into production, but it may be regarded as a forerunner of the scooter-type vehicles which became widely used after 1945.

This is an original design by Sir Alliott Verdon Roe and probably intended as a prototype for future production. Roe was best known as an English pioneer pilot and aircraft manufacturer, founder of the Avro Company in 1910. After finding success working with aircraft he turned his attention to his other passion, motorcycles.

The design shared the premise of the earlier Ner-a-Car (viewed by Alliott as being too near a motorcycle) and shows the continued desire for an alteration in the motorcycle design. This vehicle was personally used by Roe over many thousands of miles between Southampton and Manchester.


Road Transport
motor cycles and motor cycles and
Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe.

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