1959 Francis-Barnett 147cc Plover
Registration no. XVF 409
Frame no. Z 7887
Engine no. 295B 284884
After WW2 Francis-Barnett concentrated on the production of lightweight two-strokes powered by Villiers engines at first, while from 1957 AMC's own engine was fitted to many models. This 1959 Plover though, has the 147cc Villiers 30C engine. Supplied new via R D Clark Ltd of Norwich, it was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Stafford sale in April 2009 (Lot 257). Largely complete and original when purchased, the machine has been fully restored over the last five years, apart from the engine, which was found to be in excellent condition. Works included powder coating the frame and wheel hubs; re-chroming the brightwork; rewiring the electrics; fitting a new battery; and fitting new brake linings and tyres. Described as in generally excellent condition, 'XVF 409' should need only fine-tuning and adjustments before returning to the road. Accompanying paperwork consists of a dating certificate, sundry invoices and V5C registration document.
- The engine has been professionally rebuilt. The Engine number is 295B28484.