1963 Francis-Barnett 250cc Cruiser 91 Sports  Frame no. E91-306 Engine no. 718D 13649

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Lot 602
1963 Francis-Barnett 250cc Cruiser 91 Sports
Registration no. 466 XBF Frame no. E91-306 Engine no. 718D 13649

Sold for £ 1,495 (US$ 1,870) inc. premium
1963 Francis-Barnett 250cc Cruiser 91 Sports
Registration no. 466 XBF
Frame no. E91-306
Engine no. 718D 13649
Part of Associated Motor Cycles from 1947, Francis-Barnett concentrated on the production of lightweight two-strokes powered firstly by Villiers engines, though from 1957 AMC’s own were fitted to many models. By 1961 the home-grown product - although now manufactured by Villiers - was used exclusively; though that situation soon changed with the introduction for 1962 of the Villiers 2T-powered Cruiser Twin 89, based on the existing single-cylinder Cruiser 80. Tested by Motor Cycling magazine, the Cruiser Twin achieved a ‘flat-on-the-tank’ best of 71.9mph and returned 72mpg over the duration of the 500-mile test. New for 1963 was a sports version – the Cruiser 91 – boasting restyled fuel tank, lowered handlebars, polished mudguards and a flyscreen. Apparently restored to a high standard, this Cruiser 91 is reported to run and ride as well as it looks. One of the most stylish British lightweights of its era, the machine is offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.
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