Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This post is part of the Royal Enfield Virtual museum. If you don't know what that is, visit the museum, you will be able to return here easily. ============================

As described in the 1906 exhibit, things were not going well for the Enfield Autocar company. The large Birmingham Small Arms group (BSA) made an offer to the board of the Eadie Manufacturing Company to take over its assets, except for the Enfield Autocar Company and the Enfield Cycle Company. The offer was accepted and in June 1907 it was taken over by BSA. In particular the Eadie factory in Lodge Road in Redditch, was taken over by BSA. Eadie resigned from the board and joined BSA's main board and within two years had become managing director of the concern.

In July, production problems with the cars had finally appeared to be overcome and a night shift was put into place to satisfy production. But then came the dramatic announcement that the company had lost 19,264 pounds. Apparently the costs of production of the 30hp cars were much larger than anticipated. Two days before Christmas the major shareholders met with the directors. Eadie offered to put 8,000 pounds into the company if the shareholders would contribute the rest of the working capital needed. Instead they voted for voluntary liquidation of the company, a process that will stretch significantly into 1908.

One can gauge the mood of the company by comparing the ads for the Stanley Show of 1907 with those of the previous year. Still on the front page of the Daily Mail, but a smaller ad, (Sources: "Royal Enfield, the history of the company" by Anne Bradford and "The story Royal Enfield motorcycles" by Peter Hartley).

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