Two owners from new
1961 Dot 250cc Works Replica Trials
Registration no. 298 MYB
Frame no. 600405
Engine no. 342B 4627
In post-war years Manchester-based Dot concentrated on the production of 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. Dot also offered a trials model, although major successes in that discipline would not be achieved until 1958 and the return from National Service of Eric Adcock, who would go on to win over 750 awards for the Mancunian manufacturer.
An excellent example of this sought after trials model, '298 MYB' has been well maintained and remains in virtually original condition apart from fold-up footrests and a more comfortable seat. The Dot was purchased by the current vendor in February 1983 from the first owner, who had bought it in new in July 1961. We are advised that the machine was completely stripped down and extensively refurbished in 2005, since when it has been dry stored with only occasional 'outings' around the garden (the last MoT expired in June 2006). The restoration included repainting the frame in Peugeot Amaryllis Red metallic; rebuilding the original engine with new piston rings, main bearings and all seals/gaskets; and re-chroming the front and rear suspension covers, exhaust and silencer. New parts fitted include the clutch plates, outer primary chain case, brake linings, mudguards, rear suspension springs, front suspension bushes, ignition points, handlebars, control levers, cables and handlebar grips. In addition, the original Smiths/Dot 'D' type speedometer has been professionally repaired and the drive cable renewed. Other noteworthy features include a new CMES electronic ignition module and almost 'as new' Michelin trials tyres front and rear. Described as in generally very good condition, the machine is offered with a large quantity of receipts, assorted documentation, instruction manuals and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents.