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New Imperial Motorcycles

New Imperial Motorcycles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

1937 New Imperial 500cc (at the National Motor...

1937 New Imperial 500cc (at the National Motorcycle Museum) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

New Imperial KK Model 76 500 cc motorcycle fro...

New Imperial KK Model 76 500 cc motorcycle from 1937 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: 1920 New Imperial Light Tourist 300cc...

English: 1920 New Imperial Light Tourist 300cc. Nederlands: Deze 300 cc New Imperial Light Tourist uit 1920 heeft geen aanfietsketting, geen startmotor en geen kickstarter, en moest dus worden aangelopen. Impi of Iron Lion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

New Imperial was a British motorcycle manufacturer founded by Norman Downes in Birmingham, between 1887 and 1901, and became New Imperial Motors Ltd in 1912, when serious production commenced. New Imperial made innovative motorcycles that employed unit construction and sprung heel frames long before they became commonplace, and were moderately successful in competition. The 1920s were a financially successful decade, enabling the innovations of the ’30s that fought decline.

 

New Imperial suffered financially from the sales destroying Great Depression of the ’30s, and then the founder died in 1938. New Imperial was sold, and sold again, and then ended production in late 1939, its former facilities subsequently serving the needs of a nation at war.

 

Model 17

Model 17

 

1923

1923

 

1931

1931

 

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