1958

The scooter boom brought badge engineering to BSA-Triumph. Triumph designed a 250cc ohv twin but with Meriden busy turning out vertical twin motorcycles the Triumph Tigress/BSA Sunbeam was built at Small Heath, complete with an optional electric start.

AMC cashed in on the success of its 348cc Ajay 7R racer with a 500c version, but the G50 carried the Matchless badge. Higher compression ‘CS’ versions of AMC’s vertical-twin roadsters appeared with siamese exhausts and smaller fuel tanks. The inimitable Vic Willoughby of the Motor Cycle took a fully equipped Matchles G11CSR to the MIRA test track near Nuneaton and covered 100 miles in an hour.

The first parking meters appeared, in London.