Lot 1923


1955 James 150cc
Reg. no. 279 XVF
Frame no. 55/J154074
Engine no. 958A6773
The James Cycle Co Limited was one of many British cycle and motorcycle makers centred on the English Midlands, which had proved to be fertile ground for the growth of the British vehicle industry in the last decade of the 19th century and first couple of decades of the 20th. James were prolific bicycle and motorcycle manufacturers from 1897 to 1966. The company was taken over by Associated Motor Cycles in 1951 and combined with Francis-Barnett in 1957. Like so many of its Midlands neighbours, however, the company failed to adapt to the changing market in the 1960s and went out of business. Most of their light motorcycles, often with the characteristic maroon finish, used Villiers and, later, AMC two-stroke engines.
This 150cc James is in good condition. A fine example of one of the hundreds of thousands of small-capacity utility bikes produced by British manufacturers in the 1950s, machines like these would have given many young riders of the time their first taste of motorcycling. It comes with a V5c and an MOT until May next year.

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£800 - 1,200

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