c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419

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Lot 491
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up
Registration no. AOA 690 Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419

Sold for £ 8,510 (US$ 11,006) inc. premium
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up
Registration no. AOA 690
Frame no. 2950
Engine no. G1419
When the James Cycle Company announced new 8- and 12-cwt utilities in 1934 it was their proud boast they were "Built like a Car". The economy, post depression, was still sluggish; it was thus a logical move for the long established Birmingham firm to introduce a 3-wheel range of light vans and pick-ups priced between £100 & £125. Having ceased making motorcycles Raleigh, too, was already active in this field. One attraction of three-wheelers was the charge for Vehicle Excise, at just £10 for the 12-cwt, and a very modest £4 for its 8-cwt sibling. It is fair to state that without the fitment of windows, other than as an extra, operator comfort was not a high priority for the Handyvan's designer!

This example, which is finished in original James green, was discovered in Hampshire circa 2003, more or less complete, but in a deteriorated condition. Unusually it was "parked" alongside a James van of the same vintage [see picture], and subsequently purchased by a locally based kindred spirit! Refusing to be deterred by the condition in which the pick-up was liberated its new owner obtained a quantity of original James literature that proved a godsend during a painstaking but sympathetic 3-year rebuild. This has adhered closely to the original spec, aside from an extensive substitution of hardwood for most of the bodywork. Aware of how few Handyvans currently exist the vendor states there have been no sightings to date, nor news of any similar pick-ups, despite displaying AOA at innumerable Shows and Fairs [Blandford, Netley, Brooklands, Amberley, etc] across the lower half of the country. After a recent Festival of 1000 Bikes the pick-up was driven around Mallory Park, at which time he claims – tongue firmly in cheek – they broke the record for this type of vehicle, lapping comfortably in excess of 25 mph!

The side valve JAP vee-twin is fitted with a fully operative 6-volt electric starter, but normally coaxed into action by cranking a handle that's inserted ahead of the driver's door; during our inspection the Handyvan rumbled into life after two swings of this handle. The pick-up has three forward gears and a reverse. Fuel is contained in two newly fabricated 7-litre tanks; illumination by a pair of non-dipping headlamps, and navigation by a conventional steering wheel. Following its regardless-of-expense refurbishment the James was shod with new 400-19 Mitas tyres, and boasts such modern equipment as a windscreen washer, an external mirror, and a klaxon, all now required for the MOT Certificate, which expires in November. Handyvans have all the charm of a bygone age, plus a flavour of Dad's Army, but they were purposeful conveyances in their day! Supplied with RF60, V5C, and a useful selection of factory literature.

Important note: the Handyvan is offered with a substantially constructed custom-built trailer, complete with loading ramp, hand-turn loading cable, and spare wheel.
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419
c.1934 James 10HP 1098cc 12-cwt Handyvan pick-up Frame no. 2950 Engine no. G1419
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