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Lot 425: 1964 Francis-Barnett 250cc Cruiser Twin

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Part of Associated Motor Cycles from 1947, Francis-Barnett concentrated on the production of lightweight two-strokes powered firstly by Villiers engines, though from 1957 AMC’s own were fitted to many models. By 1961 the home-grown product - although now manufactured by Villiers - was used exclusively; though that situation soon changed with the introduction for 1962 of the Villiers 2T-powered Cruiser Twin 89, based on the existing single-cylinder Cruiser 80. Tested by Motor Cycling magazine, the Cruiser Twin achieved a ‘flat-on-the-tank’ best of 71.9mph and returned 72mpg over the duration of the 500-mile test. This Model 89 Cruiser Twin is missing its tank badges but otherwise appears complete and original. Acquired circa 15 years ago in its present state and not used since, the machine is offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number425
Estimate£700-£800
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£550
Hammer Price (inc premium)£633
Year1964
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