1968 cotton Cougar
Lot 259
1968 Cotton 250cc Cougar Special Frame no. C2 Engine no. X12
Sold for £402 (US$ 625) inc. premium

Lot Details
1968 cotton Cougar
1968 Cotton 250cc Cougar Special
Registration no. UXD 33G
Frame no. C2
Engine no. X12
It was during the 1960s that Gloucester-based Cotton changed to a policy of building competition-only models. Following that decision the firm's Cobras, Cougars, and Telstars -- invariably fitted with engines from Villiers -- performed with consistent distinction in the trials, scrambles, and road racing events of that period. While the main opposition came either from DOT or Greeves, Cotton's twin down-tube frame enjoyed a reputation for fine handling, irrespective of whichever off-road sport it was competing. Presented in trials specification the Cougar has been unusually modified by the fitment of Greeves front forks which, although similar in operation to the original Armstrong suspension, have slightly more movement, and are a couple of pounds lighter. The Cotton Special was purchased by the vendor about four years ago, but a busy retirement has prevented him undertaking any work on this machine, about which little is known, other than that it was stored for many years in a Sussex barn, unused, prior to his purchase. Offered strictly as viewed the Cougar has excellent potential for rebuilding as a functional trials special, based on its 250cc Villiers A-series engine, together with a chassis that appears visibly correct, and original full-width BH hubs. The machine is supplied with an old style logbook.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame has been heavilly overpainted. It has not been possible to locate the frame number.
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