1965 Heldun 50cc Harlequin Sports Special
Frame no. HD HNS 002
Heldun took its name from founders Helen and Duncan Mitchell and commenced production in Dudleston, Shropshire before moving to premises in Birmingham. Using proprietary power units sourced from Germany and Italy, the firm offered an extensive range of 50cc 'featherweight' models, both complete and in kit form. For 1967 there were five in the range: the Hawk five-speed racer, Hurricane four-speed racer, Harlequin trail, Husky trials and Hammer scrambler. All were two-strokes and the latter two were also available as kits. The Harlequin trail bike was not listed for 1968 and the 1965 example offered here, believed to be the second Heldun made, may well be the earliest survivor. The history file contains a wealth of information about Heldun, including copies of factory literature showing four-stroke Harlequin models, though these may have been prototypes. Part way through 1968 Heldun ceased trading, but before then its products had competed in the Isle of Man 50cc TT and one even finished the Scottish Six Days Trial, earning its rider John Buchan a bronze medal. '002' was restored by a previous owner, the late Glyn Davies of Tenterden, Kent, who was pictured with it in Classic Bike magazine (May 2008 edition). Glyn's notes on file reveal that the machine had been in a good state of preservation when acquired, apart from the damaged glassfibre fuel tank, which he replaced with a Yamaha TY80 Trials tank.