1961 James 199cc Captain Frame no. CL20 1352 Engine no. 20T 2044

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Lot 49
1961 James 199cc Captain
Registration no. 151 NYH (see text) Frame no. CL20 1352 Engine no. 20T 2044

£ 250 - 350
US$ 340 - 480
Amended
1961 James 199cc Captain
Registration no. 151 NYH (see text)
Frame no. CL20 1352
Engine no. 20T 2044
Post-war James models were powered by Villiers two-stroke engines at first, though from 1957 many used parent company Associated Motor Cycles' own engine, the Captain changing to AMC power in 1960. A new addition in 1961 was the Sports Captain, which featured a more powerful engine, 6" front brake, folding kickstart lever and footrest, 'Ace' handlebars, alloy mudguards and a fly screen.

This Sports Captain is offered with green continuation logbook (issued 1971) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents. It is almost certain that this motorcycle was originally registered '151 NYA' (a Somerset mark), the change to '151 NYH' probably occurring as the result of a transcribing error at the DVLA in the 1980s. It should also be noted that the engine has been changed though the original unit is still recorded on the V5/V5C.

Saleroom notices

  • It should be noted that although this machine's accompanying continuation logbook (issued 1971) records the engine number (almost certainly the original) as '20TS-7000' (the 'S' indicating Sports) the frame number 'CL20 1352' lacks the 'S' suffix to the model code usually associated with the Sports version of the Captain. One possible explanation is that the frame was exchanged for an standard roadster's at some time prior to 1971, but without access to the factory despatch records this motorcycle's original specification (Sports/standard) cannot be determined with any certainty.
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1961 James 199cc Captain Frame no. CL20 1352 Engine no. 20T 2044
1961 James 199cc Captain Frame no. CL20 1352 Engine no. 20T 2044
1961 James 199cc Captain Frame no. CL20 1352 Engine no. 20T 2044
1961 James 199cc Captain Frame no. CL20 1352 Engine no. 20T 2044
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