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Francis-Barnett - The Complete Story

By Arthur Gent

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ISBN: 9781847972460
PUBLISHED: 29/03/2011
PAGES: 208
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 58 colour illustrations 177 black & white photographs

Francis-Barnett was central in the two golden eras of the motorcycle industry, the 1930s and the 1950s. The company was founded in 1919 by Gordon Francis and Arthur Barnett, and based in Lower Ford Street, Coventry, England. Francis-Barnett played a key role in the motorcycle industry with the production of it's 'home to work' commuting two-stroke motorcycles. The author looks at the key role these innovative and unique bikes played in the glory days of the British motorcycling industry.

Topics covered include:

  • Company origins and history
  • Manufacturing seasons from 1919 to 1966
  • Engines and carburettors
  • Detailed technical specifications

This fascinating book is primarily intended to be an authoritative work of reference for those wanting to establish the authenticity of a machine, particularly as the company's early records were lost during the bombing of Coventry during World War II and the post-war records appear to have been destroyed with the collapse of the parent company AMC (Associated Motor Cycles).

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" Crowood Press are to be congratulated on looking outside the major manufacturers with this latest in their range of marque histories, on Francis Barnett. The appreciation continues due to the fact they have used a true enthusiast in the shape of Arthur Gent, the librarian and registrar to the owners club, to write the book. If, like me, you love the history of all bikes you will find, as I did, that it is just a cracking good read, and that is a compliment to any book! "
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