1924 Cedos 348cc Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. NH 5355
Frame no. 1754
Engine no. 1754
'Very nicely put together was the Cedos, which is what you got from the small local manufacturer in those days.' C E 'Titch' Allen, The Fifth Vintage Road Test Journal.
Cedos Motors Ltd was founded in Northampton in 1919 by brothers Cedrick and Oscar Hanwell, who combined their forenames to arrive at the company name. The brothers' first products were ladies' and gents' lightweights powered by a 211cc two-stroke engine of their own make and by 1921 the range had expanded to five models, three of which were powered by a 247cc version of the Cedos motor. The latter continued as the firm's sole power unit until 1924, when a variety of proprietary-engined models were offered following the firm's liquidation and restructuring. Cedos used engines supplied by Blackburne, Bradshaw, JAP and Villiers throughout the remainder of the 1920s before disappearing in 1929.
Attached to an early Watsonian sports 'chair', this rare example of a little known make is powered by Granville Bradshaw's famous air/oil-cooled engine, which used oil pumped into an alloy jacket to cool the cylinder. 'NH 5355' was tested for The Fifth Vintage Road Test Journal (copy article available) by none other than the VMCC's esteemed founder, C E 'Titch' Allen, who recalled that the outfit had first belonged to the prominent Northampton motorcycle dealer and Cedos board member, Percy Spokes. Titch enjoyed his outing on the Cedos, remarking on the lusty Bradshaw engine's suitability for sidecar work and praising the outfit's impeccable steering. 'They should have advertised it as the 350 that goes like a 500,' he declared. 'It sure packs a big punch. Smooth with it too. You would never believe it's only a 350 when you let the clutch in. The flywheel weight is generous, that helps, but the engine punches away with a wonderful solid feel to it and accelerates as if the chair were not there.'
The Cedos had been restored by Bob Lines, its restorer and only the second owner, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor. Described as in good mechanical and excellent cosmetic condition, the machine is offered with old-style logbook, assorted early photographs, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document. A guaranteed head-turner at next year's Banbury Run.
- The VMCC Cedos marque specialist Alan Digby has kindly offered to discuss this machine or the marque in general with prospective buyers. Please contact the motorcycle department for contact details.