c.1961 Cotton 249cc Continental Project Frame no. 61C34
Lot 328
c.1961 Cotton 249cc Continental Project
Registration no. 663 RLG Frame no. 61C34
Sold for £575 (US$ 966) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1961 Cotton 249cc Continental Project
Registration no. 663 RLG
Frame no. 61C34
The Gloucester firm of Cotton became famous in pre-war days for fine handling sports bikes powered by JAP and Blackburne engines. When the reconstituted company commenced post-war production in 1954, it was with a range of Villiers and Anzani-engined two-stroke roadsters, and the firm also built trials, scrambles and racing models. Villiers' 249cc 2T twin-cylinder engine was deservedly popular with the smaller independent manufacturers and Cotton first used this power unit in the Herald model of 1957. A sports version, the Double Gloucester, followed in 1960. The following year another sports twin was added to the range. This was the stylish Continental, which featured a tuned engine, twin downtube duplex frame, fly screen, chromed mudguards and full-width alloy hubs. A very early example, this incomplete Continental is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. The machine comes with old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents incorrectly identifying it as a Norman. No reserve.
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