C. 1913/1914 Peco 2-stroke veteran or vintage motorcycle engine supplied to many motorcycle manufacturers

C. 1913/1914 Peco 2-stroke veteran or vintage motorcycle engine supplied to many motorcycle manufacturers


C. 1913 / 1914 Peco 2-stroke veteran or vintage motorcycle engine supplied to many motorcycle manufacturers.

This is possibly the earliest known survivor Peco engine.The stamp number is simply “8”. 

Some background: Pearson and Cole of Duddeston Mill Road, Birmingham, UK, known as Peco, made their own motorcycles at some point between 1914 and 1916. While they made their own motorcycles, they were prolific two-stroke engine suppliers to many British motorcycles of veteran and vintage eras.

In 1914, they advertised a Dunkley Two-Stroke 349cc engine with 75 x 79mm bore and stroke. Having read some of the literature that Peco published towards the end of 1914, they were moving from production of a 2-3/4 HP engine to a 2-1/4 HP Two-stroke engine with a smaller 210cc capacity. The piston shape was altered and the cases were narrower than before.

Following is a list of vintage and veteran motorcycle manufacturers that used Peco 2-stroke engines:

  • Wolf
  • Waverley
  • Trump
  • Singer
  • Ixion
  • Lily
  • Ivy
  • Grandex
  • Ernst Smith & Woodhouse
  • Endrick
  • Edmund
  • Dunkley
  • Dreng & Co
  • Despatch Rider
  • Calthorpe
  • Alfred Wiseman

I imagine there were others, but that’s a good selection. If you would like to read more about the production and supply of Peco engines, go to this page

This particular engine appears to be the 210 cc 2-stroke engine from early in the 1914 production because the engine number is “8”. (I currently have another that is stamped “13”)

I have also shown the Patent numbers that are stamped on the engine cases. They are dated 1913, which ties in the Peco’s press announcement about their new 210 cc engine for 1914.


I have not cleaned this engine as I thought that someone might want to install it just as it is, with years of patina.

The engine turns over by hand and I can hear the piston sucking and squeezing. Overall it’s in decent condition. The barrel fins are decent. However there is damage to one of the barrel mount holes. So, I have included a very good spare barrel

It comes with the crank, piston, piston rings, connecting rod, exhaust header pipe and flywheel.

Bottom line, this is a 110-year old engine that is in a reasonable state, with decent fins, but it will need to be taken apart and rebuilt just to be certain that you will have a reliable engine.

 Other Peco engines:

I happen to have a few Peco motorcycle engines available. If this one doesn’t suit you, please see the others as I have some spares and a few of the larger capacity engines from later in production.

Shipping: Shipping is charged ON TOP of the price for the item.There are too many variables to include shipping in the checkout, so please contact me before you buy and I will give you a shipping price.

I usually ship to most destinations.

International shipping available. Let me know where you are and I will send you a price for shipping with tracking

Combined shipping available. 

Viewing: Please come and check it over before you buy. It is at PE28, near St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

Collection: If you don’t want it shipped, I have plenty of space. If you can’t collect for a while, it’s not a problem. However, I will need to be paid very soon after the sale. Thanks.

Payment: Good old fashioned money on collection is preferred. I can accept payment through PayPal or by bank transfer as well. I can accept EUROS. Please ask. 

Import Taxes: Please note that IMPORT DUTIES are not something I can control. If you are buying from outside the UK, there is a chance that you will have to pay import taxes. Import taxes vary from country to country. If there are charges to pay, it is the buyer’s responsibility to research the cost and pay the duties. The price that you see on my advert is for the item and not the item plus whatever taxes might be due.

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