Lot 418: 1961 Greeves 249cc Sports Twin
Greeves’ unorthodox trademarks of a cast beam ‘downtube’ and rubber-in-torsion leading-link fork proved adaptable to almost all forms of motorcycle from humble commuter to clubman’s road-racer, but it was the firm’s off-road products which really put it on the map, generating valuable publicity that helped sell the roadsters. Greeves first twin-cylinder models of the mid-1950s used the Anzani engine and it was not until 1957 that the first Villiers-engined twin - the 25D Fleetwing - appeared. The roadster twins were updated with a new scrambler-based frame for 1961 and the following year were comprehensively restyled in the fashion of the day, gaining a Perspex-screened handlebar fairing, tank with knee cutaways, fork spats, slightly rear-set footrests and full-width hubs. For 20-plus years this unrestored Sports Twin was in the hands of its last owner, who is confident that the person he bought it from owned the machine from new. Finished in Greeves’ typical Moorland Blue, it is offered with a Swansea V5.
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Bonhams, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hants
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