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It’s always nice to see a bike you’ve never heard of before – and here is one such an animal.  It’s a 1922 Carfield model Baby K.  It’s driven by a 147cc Villiers two stroke engine, and a 2-speed Albion gearbox and belt driven final drive.  It was built in Windmill Lane, Smethwick, Birmingham by Mr Carter and Mr Fielding (hence the name Carfield).  The company dissolved in 1927 due to the non-payment of rates to the local council.  This one with frame no 202 is the oldest of eight known survivors.  One Baby K ridden by Mr Brian Carter completed the Scottish ISDT in 1923 covering in excess of 1000 miles and gaining a bronze medal.  This bike was a private entry at the 2005 Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford.

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  • Year: 1922
  • Decade: 1920s
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4 Responses to “1922 Carfield Model Baby K”

  1. Simon Carter on August 6, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I am the Grandson of Norman Carter who designed and built the Carfield Bike. I would appreciate if you have any informatiom of where I could find one to restore as it has many memories of this invention within our family, and it would make me very proud to have one for myself and to bring it back within the Carter family.

    A reply would be most appreciated.

    Simon Carter

    • I just purchased a 1924 model that is in dire need of restoration and parts, if anyone has access to parts, images, drawings or any other information I would very much appreciate some pointers.

      Please feel free to mail me on thehassman@gmail.com


  2. My great grandfather was Bruce Carter who rode the 1923 Carfield Baby in the SSDT and achieved the Bronze award. It is a great shame the firm failed in 1927 due to financial difficulties but engineering was in his blood.

    I know the family fell out over the closure and that Norman and Bruce never really settled their differences.

    It would be brilliant to try and get one of these bikes but I know it is a long shot and therefore wanting to spread the word as much as possible.

    Any information appreciated

    Mark Taylor

  3. Steven letham on April 3, 2019 @ 7:44 pm

    Hi Mark, I just wondered if you ever did come to own a carfield baby k. I posted a video on you tube of my one a few years ago. Just type in carfield motorcycle. Regards Steven

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