“The Gentleman’s Machine”
Story by Greg Williams, Photos by Amee Reehal ©
Catching a glimpse of a Sunbeam motorcycle moving down the asphalt is a rare experience, especially in Canada.
A product of the British manufacturing industry, there are two distinct periods of Sunbeam motorcycle production. The first was from 1912 to 1939, and the second from 1946 to 1957. John Marston of Wolverhampton, England first produced fine quality bicycles in the late 1800s, and these pedal-powered conveyances bore the Sunbeam badge. Mechanized transport caught Marston’s attention at the turn of the last century, but rather than pursuing motorcycle construction he developed automobiles, and set up the Sunbeam Motor Car Co. Ltd. [...]