1921 Levis 211cc Popular
Registration no. BS 9549
Frame no. 10968
Engine no. 7992
Manufactured by Butterfield Ltd of Stechford, Birmingham, the Levis motorcycle derived its name for the Latin word for light, which was one of the diminutive machines many virtues. One of the pioneers of the two-stroke motorcycle, the firm commenced manufacture of its 211cc, single-gear lightweight in 1911. Soon dubbed Popular, the model was a huge success for the Birmingham marque, remaining in production until 1926. Levis dominated 250cc racing in the early 1920s, winning the Lightweight category at the Isle of Man TT in 1920 and 1922, and duly introduced a new 247cc production model alongside the Popular for 1921.
Previously registered HR 4817, this highly original Levis Popular was stored in an office from 1963 to 2007 when it was purchased by the current vendor. The machine was re-commissioned, including re-spoking the front wheel, and then ridden on the Banbury Run and Manx Rally. There is a Levis-branded leather box attached to the rear carrier and the machine also comes with an original Levis tool kit. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1963) and Swansea V5C.
- The frame and engine numbers are transposed in the catalogue.