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Lot 06: Greeves Scottish 20 TA

Fine Collectors Motorcycles, H&H Sales Limited (22 July 2009)

Bert Greeves established the Invacar company to manufacture powered invalid carriages, before diversifying into motorcycle production from 1951. The companies products, built at Thundersley in Essex, always displayed innovative design features, including the use of a cast aluminium front section for the frame and from the outset were thoroughly developed before going on sale to the public. At the heart of this policy was an active competition programme with the early prototypes being used in scrambles and which would later see Greeves motorcycles competing in trials, road racing and ISDT events in addition to scrambles. The 20TA trials model was introduced for the 1958 season, being given the name "Scottish" in celebration of Jack Simpson's win in the 200cc class of the 1957 Scottish Six Days Trial, the first year that Greeves entered a works team. The new model, which benefited greatly from Brian Stonebridge's development efforts, employed the 20SA scrambles frame equipped with revised footrests and a sprung saddle and housed a Villiers 9E engine fitted with a wide ratio gearbox, a longer inlet tract for the Villiers S25 carburettor and a high level exhaust system with a modified Villiers silencer.

This example is offered as an unfinished rebuild, the intention being to convert it for trail use. The vendor informs us that he believes all the major components required to complete the project are present, including a disassembled engine and a full, modern, trials lighting kit supplied by Greeves Motorcycles. Road legal enduro tyres are fitted and a Greeves Roadster fuel tank is employed. It is offered with a number of previous MOT certificates.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Collectors Motorcycles
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number06
Estimate£800-£1200
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£715
Year1958
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number8059/TA
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)197
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors