Coventry-Victor was a
British motorcycle and car manufacturer.
OriginallyMorton & Weaver, a proprietary
engine manufacturer in Hillfields, Coventry, founded in
1904, the company changed its name to
Coventry-Victor in 1911.
The company still
exists as AN Weaver (Coventry Victor) Ltd.
Coventry-Victor aero engines
The company started manufacturing horizontally opposed engines in
1904 and on the 17th May 1910 one powered the experimental
, designed by W A Weaver, one
of the partners in the company. In a series of four tests the
Ornithoplane achieved a steady flight for a quarter of a mile,
becoming the first monoplane
to fly in
In 1919 Coventry-Victor, using their 688 cc flat twin engine,
started making motor cycle and sidecar
combinations many of which were used as commercial outfits and
became one of England's leading producers of horizontally opposed
twins. The 1927 Coventry-Victor Silent Six
today become a sought after classic motorcycle. The company also
supplied engines to many motor cycle and cyclecar
makers, especially Graham-White
. Motorcycle production ended in
Coventry-Victor 3-Wheeler 1933
By 1926, the company found a new scope of activity: they launched
their own design two seater, three-wheeler car with the single
wheel at the rear. There were four versions, the Standard, the
Sports, the De-luxe and the Parcelcar with prices starting at £75.
It used their own horizontal twin cylinder engines of 688 cc at
first, later enlarged to 749 cc, 850 cc and finally 998 cc. Drive
was to the rear wheel via a two speed gearbox and chain drive.
Early cars had a single brake. There was an updating in 1932 with
styling by C F Beauvais
and called the
Luxury Sports with three speed gearbox and costing from £110. The
previous models remained available. Car production survived until
1938. After World War II, a prototype codenamed Venus
made with flat four 747 cc engine never reached production.
In later years the company concentrated on small diesel engines for
the maritime market.
The company still exists as AN Weaver (Coventry Victor) Ltd. They
no longer manufacture engines but provide spares and offer a
service to maintain those they made.