1967 Greeves 246cc Silverstone RES
Frame no. 24RES 150
Engine no. GPA7 209
Greeves' unorthodox trademarks of a cast aluminium beam 'downtube' and rubber-in-torsion leading-link fork proved adaptable to almost all forms of motorcycle from humble commuter, via a succession of highly successful off-roaders, to clubman's road-racer. Greeves' first road-racer, the Silverstone, was introduced for the 1963 season following the success of Reg Everett's converted scrambler. The production bike used a modified 24MDS scrambler frame, narrowed at the rear, and was powered by a Villiers 36A engine fitted with Greeves' own alloy cylinder barrel and head. An Amal GP carburettor and expansion chamber exhaust were standard equipment and the motor produced 31bhp at 7,400rpm. Progressively developed through versions RAS to RFS until 1968, the Silverstone provided many an aspiring star with their first taste of road racing and today remains a popular mount in classic/historic racing's 250 class.
One of only 58 RES Silverstones built, the example offered here was ordered by Comerfords of Thames Ditton in September 1967 and appears to have been dispatched from the Thundersley factory in April 1968, as evidenced by an extract from the factory dispatch records on file. In 1992/93 it was restored by Bernard Vincent of Ashford, Middlesex for a previous owner, Eddie Croft. Receipts and details of the restoration are included in the accompanying document file. It appears that Mr Vincent spent approximately 200 hours on the restoration, which he describes in a letter on file as being fairly straightforward, having started with 'an assembled machine in generally good condition'. A Motoplat ignition system was fitted in the course of the work. Completed in December 1993, the machine was purchased by the vendor's late husband in 1999 and then saw use only for static display at various shows. The engine has never been started during the present ownership. Accompanying documents include the aforementioned restoration details and invoices, the dispatch records extract, CRMC Machine Registration Certificate, miscellaneous papers and an original spare parts list and service notes. Basic safety checks and re-commissioning will be required before the machine returns to the racetrack.