1957 James Cadet
Lot 242
1957 James 147cc Cadet L15 Frame no. 57L15 1932 Engine no. 295B 22017
Sold for £2,300 (US$ 3,897) inc. premium
Lot Details
1957 James 147cc Cadet L15
Registration no. TCR 513
Frame no. 57L15 1932
Engine no. 295B 22017
James's first post-war '125' was the ML, a 122cc Villiers 9D-engined machine derived from a successful military design. It was superseded in 1948 by a new model similar to the 98cc Comet but using heavier cycle parts and the 10D engine. For 1950 the 122cc machine was named 'Cadet' and by the time the L15 model offered here was made, featured the 149cc Villiers Type 30C engine and revised cycle parts incorporating a frame combining tubes and pressings, telescopic front fork, swinging-arm rear suspension and full-width hubs. This Cadet L15 was purchased in January 1980 by the lady vendor's late brother, passing to his widow and thence to the vendor in 2006. The James appears to have had only one previous private owner, Albert Edward Moody, who bought it from Jenkin & Purser Ltd of Southampton in January 1958. Last taxed for the road in April 2001, the machine is offered with its original logbook, instruction manuals and old/current old-style Swansea V5/V5C documents.
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