Gordon (1912–1916)

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For other motor manufacturers sharing the same name, see Gordon (1903-1904); Gordon (1954-1958) (Vernon Industries, Cheshire)
Gordon Cyclecar of 1914

Gordon, Gordon Armstrong, was a British cyclecar produced in Beverley Yorkshire by 'East-Riding Engineering' from 1912–1916. Production was halted by World War I.[1][2]


The parent company of East Riding Engineering was the Armstrong Patents Company which still manufactures shock absorbers for cars. Both companies were founded by Gordon Armstrong.[1][2]


The initial 1912 models had either a two or four seater body and were powered by a 1,100cc 8hp J.A.P. V-twin engine mounted at the rear, and driving the rear axle via chains. The bodies formed a unitary construction with the chassis. The four seater cyclecar was a rarity in the market.The wheelbase was 2438 mm.[1][2]

In 1914, the Gordon 9 hp replaced the initial model, still using the same engine but on short 2286 mm wheelbase.

In 1914, a second new model, the Gordon 10hp was introduced with a 1.35 litre engine.

In 1915, a prototype Gordon 10 hp, front-engined vehicle was built. It was equipped with a water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine with 1,100cc displacement. Both two and four seater wheelbases were available. The model was planned for export to Australia, but volume production was prevented by World War I.

Model Construction period Cylinders Capacity Wheelbase
8 hp 1912–1913 2 V 1074 cm³ 2438 mm
9 hp 1914–1915 2 V 1074 cm³ 2286–2438 mm
10 hp 1914–1915 2 V 1357 cm³ 2438 mm
10 hp 1915–1916 4 inline 1074 cm³ 2286–2438 mm

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Die Internationale Automobil-Enzyklopädie. 2008.
  2. ^ a b c The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. 2001.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Harald Linz und Halwart Schrader: Die Internationale Automobil-Enzyklopädie. United Soft Media Verlag GmbH, München 2008, ISBN 978-3-8032-9876-8.
  • Nick Georgano: The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile, Volume 2 G–O. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago 2001, ISBN 1-57958-293-1 (englisch).
  • David Culshaw & Peter Horrobin: The Complete Catalogue of British Cars 1895–1975. Veloce Publishing plc. Dorchester (1999). ISBN 1-874105-93-6.