Single family ownership for circa 35 years
1928 James 496cc Sports Twin
Registration no. UC 8261
Frame no. DP1733
Engine no. ST1983
James's first v-twin motorcycle, the 500cc 'No.7', arrived in 1914. Priced at 60 guineas, this top-of-the-range offering was a quality product that incorporated some interesting ideas, one of the more practical being the 'spring drive' shock absorber built into the rear wheel hub. 'We confidently claim that this refinement affords all the sweetness of "belt drive" with none of the attendant foibles,' declared its maker. After WWI, James continued to offer a range that consisted of both singles and twins, the 3½hp (496cc) Model 12 Sports Twin being a new introduction for 1923. This James Sports Twin has been in long-term ownership and according to the family is likely to have been purchased by their late father in the 1970s. The machine appears to have been the subject of an ongoing restoration at some time but remains unfinished; nevertheless, all major components appear present though some smaller items including the carburettor and exhaust system are missing. Offered with green continuation logbook, old-style Swansea V5 and sundry spares, this is a worthwhile project affording the new owner an exciting opportunity to return this rare James sports model to the road. Potential purchasers should satisfy themselves with regard to the completeness or otherwise of this Lot prior to bidding.
- The frame number of this vehicle begins DP17 (the final two digits are illegible).