The works, ex-Brian Povey
1959 James 199cc Commando Trials
Frame no. 59K7T EXP5
Engine no. 20T 1262
James had begun concentrating on the manufacture of two-stroke lightweights in the 1930s and continued the policy after WWII. In 1951 the company became part of the Associated Motor Cycles group, joining Francis-Barnett. James's models were powered by Villiers engines at first, though from 1957 many used AMC's own engine. Trials and scrambles machines were added to the range in 1949. These early types used Villiers 6E and 7E engines and had rigid frames but by the end of the 1950s James competition models sported swinging-arm frames and the AMC engine. The latter continued to be fitted to James roadsters until the end of production in 1966, but before then the trials and scrambles models had reverted to Villiers power. Described as in generally good condition, this restored Commando Trials has the AMC engine and Matchless Teledraulic front fork first fitted to the scrambles version in 1958. '200 AOJ' was ridden by works supported rider Brian Povey and comes with dating certificate and its original logbook recording James Motor Cycles Ltd as the first owner.
- the registration is 200 AOJ. There is no dating certificate offered with this machine.