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Cluley

The '''Cluley ''' was a British automobile manufactured between 1921 and 1928 by Clarke, Cluley & Co based in Coventry.

Clarke Cluley was set up as a general engineering business in 1890 by Ernest Clarke and Charles J. Cluley and went on to specialise in textile machinery. In 1897 they started making bicycles under the Globe brand. In the early years of the twentieth century they seem to have made a few three wheel cars and motor cycles but production of these stopped with the outbreak of World War I when the factory turned to munitions work.

After World War I in 1921 they made their first four-wheel car the 10 or 10/20 powered by a water cooled 1328 cc side valve engine which they built themselves. The car is thought to have been designed by Arthur Alderson who also worked for Calcott and Lea Francis. Drive was to the rear axle through a cone clutch and three speed gearbox. The car with open tourer coachwork cost £525 in 1921 falling to £225 in 1926. The last cars of this type were produced in 1926 and possibly as many as 2000 were made.

In 1922 it was joined by the 11.9 with a longer wheelbase and 1645 cc engine. A six-cylinder model, the 16/40, was listed in 1923 but probably never went into production.

A new model, the 14/30, came in 1927 with 1944 cc engine by Cluley with four speed gearbox followed by the 14/50 with 2120 cc Meadows engine. Very few of these cars are thought to have been made and production of all vehicles stopped in 1928.

The company returned to the manufacture of textile machinery Sub contract work for Rolls-Royce on aero engines kept them in business but their factory was destroyed by an air raid in World War II. They kept going in premises in nearby Kenilworth and finally closed in 1987.