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Lot 601: 1958 Francis-Barnett 197cc Falcon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

Founded by Gordon Francis and Arthur Barnett in 1919, Francis-Barnett became part of Associated Motor Cycles in 1947 and was joined there in 1951 by James. The two marques’ model ranges became ever more similar until the transfer of Francis-Barnett production to the James factory in 1962 ushered in an era of unashamed ‘badge engineering’. After WW2 Francis-Barnett concentrated on the production of lightweight two-strokes powered firstly by Villiers engines, though from 1957 AMC’s own power units were fitted to many models. This Model 81 Falcon has the correct Villiers 10E engine and correct engine/frame numbers for its year of manufacture. Purchased 20 years ago in its present state and not used since, it is presented in apparently good, substantially original condition. Offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number601
Estimate£500-£700
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1800
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2070
Year1958
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Registration numberSCA 23
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