AV (cyclecar)

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1919 AV Monocar

The AV was a British cyclecar manufactured by Ward and Avey in Somerset Road, Teddington Middlesex between 1919 and 1924.

It was one of the more successful cyclecars and was based on a design bought from Carden and built in the factory that they had previously used. At the peak they had 80 employees.

The first model was a single-seater, the Monocar, only 30 inches (760 mm) wide with bodies built by the Thames Valley Pattern Works[1] out of wood, plywood or even compressed paper. The complete car only weighed about 550 pounds (250 kg).[1] Engines were rear mounted, air-cooled and rated from 5 to 8hp. There was a choice of JAP (most commonly), Blackburne or rarely MAG units.[1] Gearboxes were either a two-speed epicyclic unit with foot operated change or three-speed Sturmey-Archer [1] with chain drive to the rear axle. Steering was by a wire and bobbin system with the entire front axle being pivoted on early cars. Several hundred were made.

The Monocar was described by Ixion of The Motor Cycle as

a low, coffin-shape projectile, moderately attractive in dense fog


In 1920 a two-seater, the Bi-car, was added with the passenger behind the driver. The width of the car increased to 36 inches.[1] About 50 were made.[3] A more conventional side by side model was added in 1921 called the Runabout with a 42-inch (1,100 mm) body 126 inches (3,200 mm) long. The original Monocar and Bi-car were dropped in 1922 but production of the Runabout continued until 1924 and later to special order.[3]

The company changed its name in 1923 to A.V. Motors Ltd and after the end of car production became Jowett and later Rootes Group dealers.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Baldwin, N. (1994). A-Z of Cars of the 1920s. Devon, UK: Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-53-2. 
  2. ^ Davies, BH (20 October 1955). "Occasional Comments". The Motor Cycle. London: Iliffe & Sons Ltd. 95 (2741): 477. 
  3. ^ a b c Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1. 

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