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Lot 603: 1955 James 147cc Cadet

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

James’s first post-war ‘125’ was the ML, a 122cc Villiers 9D-engined machine derived from a successful military design. It was superseded in 1948 by a new model similar to the 98cc Comet but using heavier cycle parts and the 10D engine. For 1950 the 122cc machine was named ‘Cadet’ and by the time the J15 model offered here was made, featured the 147cc 30C engine and revised cycle parts incorporating a telescopic front fork, plunger rear suspension and full-width hubs. This example was acquired by Eric Houseley in January 1998 in its present state and has not been used since. Presented in apparently good original condition, the machine is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number603
Estimate£300-£400
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£450
Hammer Price (inc premium)£518
Year1955
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Registration numberXRA 172
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