c.1959 DOT 250cc Scrambles Twin
Frame no. 600012
Engine no. 810B 5066
That the Manchester marques initials stand for Devoid Of Trouble is known by almost every motorcycle enthusiast, though curiously the company did not use the slogan until 1923, by which time The Dot had been around for 20 years. In post-war years the company concentrated on the production of (mainly) Villiers-engined lightweights, becoming a major force to be reckoned with in the trials and scrambles fields. The Dot was the most successful lightweight scrambler from the late 1940s right up to the 1960s when Greeves took over, works machines ridden by Bill Barugh, Reg Pilling, Terry Cheshire and Arthur Vincent having the beating of larger-engined and better funded rivals on numerous occasions. Indeed, Barugh had the temerity to win the Cumberland Grand Nationals 1,000cc event in 1952, beating the works entries from BSA, AJS, Matchless and Ariel! Restored to original specification in 1995, this DOT competition model is an example of the Villiers 2T-powered scrambler offered only for the 1958 and 59 seasons. The vendor advises us that it was raced regularly throughout the 1960s/70s, proving more competitive in grass-track events than scrambles, and that several photographs are available showing it in action.