Grahame-White was an early British aircraft manufacturer, flying school and later manufacturer of cyclecar
Cyclecars were small, generally inexpensive cars manufactured mainly between 1910 and the late 1920s.-General description:Cyclecars were propelled by single cylinder, V-twin or more rarely four cylinder engines, often air cooled. Sometimes these had been originally used in motorcycles and other...


The company was established as Grahame-White Aviation Company by Claude Grahame-White at Hendon
Hendon is a London suburb situated northwest of Charing Cross.-History:Hendon was historically a civil parish in the county of Middlesex. The manor is described in Domesday , but the name, 'Hendun' meaning 'at the highest hill', is earlier...

 in 1911. The firm built mostly aircraft of its own design, including the successful Type XV
Grahame-White Type XV
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, but during World War I produced Morane-Saulnier
Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier is a French aircraft manufacturing company formed in October 1911 by Raymond Saulnier and the Morane brothers, Leon and Robert...

 types under licence for the British military. The company ceased aircraft manufacturing operations in 1920.

In the same year the company was renamed Grahame-White Company Ltd. and manufactured cyclecars until 1924. From 1920 onwards a very basic two-seat 3.3 hp type with air-cooled single-cylinder engine of 348 cc capacity was offered. It had a two-speed transmission with final chain drive. The car had no conventional suspension, relying on flex in the wood frame and seat cushions. In 1921 a 7 hp type with a Coventry-Victor twin-cylinder engine (capacity: 689 cc) and friction drive was added for one year only followed in 1924 by a four-cylinder 10 hp type with a Dorman engine of 1,094 cc, but very few were made. The final Angus-Sanderson
The Angus-Sanderson was an English automobile manufactured from 1919 to 1927 by Sir William Angus, Sanderson & Company Ltd.In concept it was something like the Bean and Cubitt; the idea was that one model would be mass-produced, as Ford had done so successfully...

 cars were also made in the factory.

Grahame-White ceased its operations completely in 1924.


  • Grahame-White Baby
    Grahame-White Baby
    |-See also:-References:NotesBibliography*Lewis, P. British Aircraft 1809-1914 London, Putnam 1962*Taylor M.J. H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation.London: Studio Editions, 1989* Flugsport 1911*...

  • Grahame-White Type VII Popular
  • Grahame-White Type X Charabanc
  • Grahame-White Type XI
    Grahame-White Type XI
    The Grahame-White Type XI was an early aircraft built in the United Kingdom and marketed as being particularly well-suited to military applications. It was a two-bay biplane of pod-and-boom configuration with unstaggered wings of slightly unequal span...

  • Grahame-White Type XIII
    Grahame-White Type XIII
    The Grahame-White Type XIII was a racing seaplane built to compete in the Daily Mails 1914 Circuit of Britain air race, to be flown by company founder Claude Grahame-White. It was a conventional single-bay biplane with staggered wings of equal span braced by N-struts...

     Circuit of Britain biplane/scout
  • Grahame-White Type XV
    Grahame-White Type XV
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  • Grahame-White Type 18
  • Grahame-White G.W.19 (License-built Breguet Bre.5)
  • Grahame-White Type 20 Scout (Prototype only)
  • Grahame-White Type 21 Scout (Prototype only)
  • Grahame-White Ganymede
    Grahame-White Ganymede
    -References:*"" . Flight, 10 April 1919, p.472.*Bruce, J.M. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. London:Putnam, 1957.*Jackson, A.J. British Civil Aircraft since 1919: Volume 2. London:Putnam, Second edition, 1973. ISBN 0 370 10010 7....

  • Grahame-White G.W.E.7
    Grahame-White G.W.E.7
    -External links: Contemporary technical description of the G.W.E.7 with photographs and drawings....

  • Grahame-White Bantam
    Grahame-White Bantam
    -References: Contemporary technical description with photographs and drawings....


Model Years No. of Cylinders Capacity Wheelbase
3.3 hp 1920–1924 1 348 cc 6' 5"
7 hp 1921 straight-2 689 cc 8' 1"
10 hp 1924 straight-4 1094 cc 8' 1"
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