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Lot 129: James 197cc Captain

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

A 1955 model, this James Captain has the swinging-arm frame and Villiers 8E engine/three-speed gearbox introduced for 1954. The machine comes with its original bill of sale issued by supplying dealership Harry & Frank Hebden Ltd of Burnley to first owner Mr J R King of Padiham, Lancashire. Mr King ordered the James with a windscreen, panniers, leg shields and pillion footrests, which together with number plates, road tax, licence holder and insurance brought the purchase price up to 135 3s 11d. Nothing is known about the machine's subsequent history or when it acquired the lurid orange finish. We understand that a Swansea V5C document has been applied for.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number129
Estimate£600-£800
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1955
Condition rating
Registration numberDCW 806
Mileage-
Chassis number55/K7 2279
Engine number075B/46163
Engine capacity (cc)197
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors