Motex Minor vintage or veteran motorcycle rear carbide lamp with frame clamp

Motex Minor vintage or veteran motorcycle rear carbide lamp with frame clamp


A lovely Motex Minor vintage or veteran motorcycle rear carbide lamp with frame clamp.

Motex was the brand and Minor was the model. These Motex carbide lamps were powered by acetyelene gas. The gas was made in a “generator” by dripping water onto a block of carbide at a calibrated rate. This generated acetylene gas which was fed to front and rear lamps by tubing. To create light, you lit the gas in the lamps and the shit the cover. In the case of rear lamps, it was rare to have a reflector. Headlamps usually had a mirrored lens.

This Motex Minor was made by Stanley and Hill Ltd. Like many motorcycle makers and associated parts makers, they were based in Birmingham, England.

Motex are a little different to the norm. The “norm” being Lucas, Miller and Powell & Hanmer. So if you have a Motex headlamp, then this is a great chance to buy a Motex Minor vintage or veteran motorcycle rear carbide lamp.

Condition of the Motex Minor vintage or veteran motorcycle rear carbide lamp.

Overall, in very good condition. It has some paint loss but the nickel plate is pretty decent and it retains the original clamp. The hinge and clasp work well and it still has the wick (as shown). The ruby-red prism lens is in good, used, condition.

Bottom line, this is no embarrassment. It would grace any veteran, or vintage, motorcycle from the teens or 1920’s.

More early motorcycle carbide lamps

I have some more acetylene-powered lamps. Please look through the selection. They include quite a few brands.

Lucas rear carbide lamp Model B116 and other vintage and veteran carbide acetylene lamps for flat tank antique motorcyclesI have a few vintage /antique motorcycle headlights that work with acetylene gas created from carbide generators. I also have some generators and tail lights. Please see my other carbide listings. They are mostly Miller, Lucas King of the Road and P & H. However, I have some unusual ones too.

If you are looking for parts for a particular era, such as pre-1915, or vintage era, please go to this page and choose the era that you are interested in.


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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