MAKERS: CENTAUR Cycle Co

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Formerly Thos. Townsend & Sons, the Centaur Bicycle Co, of West Orchard, Coventry, was established in 1876 under the direction of Edmund Mushing (1840-1910) and George Gilbert (1853-1915), the latter formerly of the Coventry Machinists Co. Ltd.
Mushing was responsible for marketing and administration, and subsequently became the Managing Director, while Gilbert was the design engineer.

The first bicycles sold by George Hendee, who went on to make Hendee Mfg Co ‘Indian’ motorcycles in the USA, were 1894 Centaur ‘King of Scorchers’ rebadged as the ‘Hendee Silver King’.

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Items in this Collection

1894 Silver KIng 05

1894 (Presumed) Centaur ‘King of Scorchers’ / Hendee ‘Silver King Safety’

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1897 Centaur 05

1897/1898 Centaur No 2 Roadster

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FOR SALE 1898 Centaur Lady’s 05

1898 Ladies’ Centaur

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1902 Centaur Featherweight 05

1902 Centaur Featherweight (Hub 2-Speed Gear)

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1906-Centaur-Featherweight-05

1904-1908 Centaur Featherweight Tall 28″ Frame

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Centaur_Featherweight_12

1906 Centaur Featherweight Cross-Frame Roadster

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1906-Centaur-Roller-Skates-15

1906 Centaur Roller Skates

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Centaur_Resilient_01

1909 Resilient Royal Centaur

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1909 RESILIENT ROYAL CENTAUR

1909 RESILIENT ROYAL CENTAUR VIDEO

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1910s Centaur Lightweight Roadster 05 copy

1910s Centaur Lightweight Roadster

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1911_Centaur_62

1911 Centaur ‘Lightweight’ Roadster (Specification No 5)

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1913 Centaur Featherweight 05

1913 Centaur ‘Featherweight’

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1920 Centaur 05

1922 Centaur Popular Roadster (Humber)

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1910s-Components-X-Cross-Frame-60

1926 Centaur (by Humber) Cross-Frame ‘Model 13’

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centaur-cycle-co-museum

CENTAUR BICYCLE MUSEUM

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history-of-centaur-cycle-co-33

Centaur Cycle Co History, 1867-1910

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