Modified: 2009/06/29 10:03 by ctmadmin - Tagged as: Acme, Coventrys Motorcycle Heritage, Hobart, Rex, Rex-Acme
The Hobart name is yet another that originated in the manufacture of Cycles.


an early advert by Hobart, Bird & Company offering both cycles and motorcycles

Beginning as Hobart, Bird & Co. at Wolverhampton in the early 1890s, by around 1897 the company had moved to the Cheylesmore district of Coventry.

They began making their own range of 'Hobart' safety bicycles, and by 1901, had joined the ranks of many other local cycle firms by adding engines to their frames.

Known as 'Handy Hobarts' these motorcycles were beautifully finished, as were their cycles, and they were famed for offering machines built for female riders. After the conclusion of WWI they began developing more economic scooters and auto-cycles.

In 1923 they were taken over by another Coventry company, Rex-Acme, forming a new company called Hobart-Acme Motors Ltd. but this was short-lived, only lasting a year.
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