Scott machines in profile (Models and Types)
Scott engines being assembled in Shipley sometime during the early 1920’s
The number of Scott motorcycle model variations were quite numerous considering the relatively low volume machine production which ranged from a few hundred to a few thousand per year: indeed many Scotts were built an individual customer’s specification thus diversifying further the combination of features and fittings found on Scott machines even within a specific model type. Today, it seems, there are no two Scotts the same (though whether this is because every machine really was unique or because owners have modified the machines themselves over the years is not always clear). The models shown below represent some of the more common Scott models and should aid the reader to differentiate between the main models and types (however, the list is by no means exhaustive !)
Pictures taken from catalogue pictures featured in ‘The Book of the Scott’ [Scott Co. Ltd publication], ‘Made to the Limit Gauge’ [by George Stevens] and Silk Engineering brochure
The Early Machines
The 1908 two-speeder built by Jowett (the car manufacturer) under contract from Scott. It is thought that none of these original models have survived.
The 1912 Two Speed machine was known simply as the ‘Standard’ model. This illustration features the famous ‘AK222’ Bradford registration signifying two-stroke, two-cylinder two-speeds.
The Squirrel, Super Squirrel and Flying Squirrel
The Standard ‘Squirrel’ from the early post-WW1 period
One of the machines which contributed to the Scott legend: the Super Squirrel of the mid-1920’s
Similar in specification to the Super Squirrel, the famous 1926 Flying Squirrel could be identified by the long tank straddling the top frame tubes.
The Three-Speed Flyers: Tourer, Deluxe and TT Replica
Late 1920’s three-speed Tourer, shortstroke engine and Webb Forks.
Late 1920’s three-speed Deluxe model with valanced mudguards, legshields and rear carrier as standard fitments.
The 1930/31 TT Replica featuring longstroke engine with cylinder wall oiling and the substantial Scott forks.
Later Shipley Models
The 1931-33 Flyer made use of the reasonably lightweight ‘single downtube’ frame developed from the bespoke ‘Sprint Special’ model. The tourer models continued to use the short stroke engine and were fitted with Scott, Webb or Brampton forks.
This is a typical mid-1930’s Flyer which were fitted with long-stroke detachable head ‘Power Plus Replica’ engines
The 90mph 1939 Clubmans Special. Shown here with rear plunger suspension option – very heavy but fast !
The 1948 Flyer had a slightly altered frame, full width alloy hubs and Dowty Oleomatic forks (no internal springs, just air and oil). Among the last to be manufactured at Shipley, Yorkshire.
Birmingham and Silk Machines
The 1960’s Birmingham Flying Squirrel featured rear swinging-arm suspension and sprung Dowty front forks
The Silk Scott was a modified Scott engine in an all new lightweight frame
The Mk1 Silk 700S – 660cc engine and 305 pounds in weight made a very fast and smooth machine