The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1951 James Superlux Autocycle

Lot No.: 401

Registration: OSK 997
Frame Number: M20200S
Side Car: No
Engine Number: Villiers 2F 801/24869
Number of cylinders: 2
CC: 99
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Sold for (£): 1,912

James had begun concentrating on the manufacture of two-stroke-powered lightweights in the 1930s and continued the policy after WW2. Its first post-war models were the ML, a 122cc Villiers-engined machine derived from a successful military design, and an autocycle. Autocycles were immensely popular in the years immediately following WW2, offering the prospect of affordable two-wheeled transport in a period of severe austerity. Like the mopeds of the 1950s and the definitive machine of this type - the Honda 50 - autocycles were aimed at a non-enthusiast mass market, offering simplicity of operation and, often, a degree of weather protection not enjoyed by larger and more powerful machines. A rigid-framed machine fitted with tubular girder forks, the James Superlux autocycle was powered by a 98cc Villiers Junior de Luxe engine enclosed by pressed-steel panels. The model was fitted with the new Villiers 2F unit for 1950 and continued in production in this form until 1954. 

Up for auction is this very well presented and original 1951 James Superlux Autocycle. The Motorcycle Dating Service have confirmed the Engine number 801/24869 and Frame number M20200S is a 99cc capacity Superlux Autocycle with the correct Villiers 2F engine. The bike is in perfect working order and has been used for several events, including several appearances at Goodwood Revival and is supplied with its current UK V5.