1915 OK Junior 2¾hp Lightweight Frame no. 1830 Engine no. 1999

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Lot 67
1915 OK Junior 2¾hp Lightweight
Registration no. DP 1692 Frame no. 1830 Engine no. 1999

Sold for £ 4,600 (US$ 6,327) inc. premium
1915 OK Junior 2¾hp Lightweight
Registration no. DP 1692
Frame no. 1830
Engine no. 1999
OK - the 'Supreme' came later - was founded by bicycle manufacturer Humphries & Dawes Limited, of Birmingham. The company experimented with powered two-wheelers in the early years of the 20th Century before exhibiting a Precision-engined three-model range in 1911. Two-stroke lightweights powered by Villiers or Union engines were added and in 1921 the Junior model adopted OK's own engine, though the latter was in all probability merely a re-badged Union. Motor Cycling had tested an OK Junior back in November 1913, obtaining a speed of 36-40mph and the remarkable fuel consumption figure of 140 miles per gallon (copy article on file). In 1926 Charles Dawes and Ernie Humphries split, the latter continuing motorcycle production using the name 'OK-Supreme'.

This particular OK Junior was acquired from a friend by the current vendor in 1955, passing to his brother-in-law before being reacquired on the latter's death. The accompanying old-style logbook (issued 1949) records the date of original registration as 24th May 1921, this being shortly after the introduction of the Roads Act of 1920, which required local councils to register all vehicles at the time of licensing and to allocate a separate number to each. (Many vehicles, although in existence for several years in some cases, were only registered for the first time after the Act's passing). Last used in 2004, the machine will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. Accompanying paperwork consists of the aforementioned logbook, another continuation logbook (1972), expired MoT (1963-64) and old/current V5/V5C registration documents. It should be noted that the frame number is incorrectly recorded on the latter.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 1839. The Old Style Log book correctly records the frame number as 1839. However there is a DVLA administrative error on the V5C which records the frame as 1999.
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1915 OK Junior 2¾hp Lightweight Frame no. 1830 Engine no. 1999
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