1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999
Lot 203
1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination
Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999
Sold for €19,550 (US$ 25,125) inc. premium

Lot Details
1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999 1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination Frame no. T20223 Engine no. 20/72999
1920 Rex-Acme 8hp Motorcycle Combination
Frame no. T20223
Engine no. 20/72999
Acme is best remembered for its association with the Rex concern; both firms had premises in Osborne Road, Coventry, Rex setting up there in 1899 and Acme a few years later. Unlike its close neighbour, which built motor cars and tricycles as well as motorcycles, the Coventry Acme Motor Company Limited was only ever a motorcycle manufacturer, its first machines being powered by the ubiquitous Minerva engine. Models fitted with Acme's own engines followed, as well as others with JAP power units. For the 1920 season, by which time it had been taken over by Rex, Acme introduced an 8hp motorcycle combination powered by a JAP v-twin engine. The latter was supplied to Acme's specification complete with magneto drive taken from the left side of the engine rather than the 'timing' side, as was usually the case with JAP motors, an arrangement that facilitated access to the ignition points. A Sturmey Archer gearbox, Brampton Biflex forks, folding foot-plates and an Amac carburettor completed the specification of what was an undeniably handsome motorcycle combination. Acme's days as an independent brand were numbered however and the two firms' ranges were unified under the 'Rex-Acme' name. This rare survivor of an historic Coventry marque was purchased from a collector in Holland in 2009. Last ridden one year ago, the machine is described as all original and comes with Belgian registration papers.

Footnotes

  • Rex-Acme 8 HPavec side car 1920
    Cadre n° T20223
    Moteur n° 20/72999

    Acme est plus connue pour son association avec la firme Rex. Les deux firmes possédaient des locaux Osborne Road à Coventry où Rex s'établit en 1899 et Acme quelques années plus tard. Contrairement à sa proche voisine qui produisait des automobiles et des tricycles, la Coventry Acme Motor Company Limited ne fut jamais qu'un constructeur de motos, ses premières machines étant propulsées par l'universel moteur Minerva. Des modèles équipés des propres moteurs Acme apparurent ensuite ainsi que d'autres à moteurs JAP. Pour la saison 1920, époque où elle avait été reprise par Rex, Acme introduisit une moto attelée de 8 HP propulsée par un moteur V-twin JAP. Ce dernier fourni selon les spécifications d'Acme était complété par un entraînement de magnéto pris sur le côté gauche du moteur plutôt que sur le côté de la distribution comme sur les autres moteurs JAP, disposition qui facilitait l'accès aux contacts du rupteur. Une boîte Sturmey Archer, une fourche Bramapton Biflex, des repose-pieds repliables et un carburateur Amac complétaient les spécifications de ce qui était indéniablement un superbe attelage. Mais les jours d'Acme comme constructeur indépendant étaient comptés et les gammes des deux firmes furent unifiées sous l'appellation « Rex-Acme ».

    Cette rare survivante d'une marque historique de Coventry fut acquise auprès d'un collectionneur en Hollande en 2009. Conduite il y a un an, la machine décrite comme étant toute d'origine est accompagnée de ses papiers d'immatriculation belges.
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