1961 Francis-Barnett 249cc Model 85 Trials
Registration no. 188 AVC
Frame no. CCT-15980
Engine no. M25C 18812
After WW2, Francis-Barnett concentrated on the production of lightweight two-strokes powered by Villiers engines at first, though from 1957 many models used AMC's own engine. Trials and scrambles machines were added to the range in the early 1950s. These early types used Villiers 6E and 7E engines and had rigid frames but by the end of the 1950s F-B's competition models sported swinging-arm suspension and the AMC engine. The latter continued to be fitted to F-B roadsters until the end of production in 1966 but before then the trials and scrambles models had reverted to Villiers power. This AMC-powered Model 85 Trials was first registered to Francis-Barnett Ltd in August 1961, passing to its first private owner on 7th September that same year. Restored circa 20 years ago, the machine is described as in generally good condition and offered with dating certificate and its original logbook.
- There is no dating certificate offered with this machine.