The property of James May,1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E Frame no. 394-019154 Engine no. 394-019154

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The property of James May,1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E
Registration no. TKJ 74N Frame no. 394-019154 Engine no. 394-019154

Sold for £ 7,475 (US$ 9,832) inc. premium
The property of James May
1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E
Registration no. TKJ 74N
Frame no. 394-019154
Engine no. 394-019154
Now elevated to a cult status rivalled only by Yamaha's RD350LC, the FS1-E 'Sixteener Special' first appeared in 1973. Dropped from the range in 1979, the model was later revived by Yamaha - an almost unprecedented occurrence - with production recommencing in 1987. Originally the 'FS1', the model later gained a set of bicycle pedals to meet UK moped legislation, becoming the 'FS1-E'. In its pre-August 1977, unrestricted form, the 'Fizzie' produced 4.9bhp and was good for around 45mph flat out. When the model was revived, without pedals but now equipped with Autolube, it was available in restricted form only, though the missing horses were relatively easily restored. BBC Television's 'Top Gear' presenter, James May acquired this FS1-E for his private collection in December 2011, since when it has covered only 50-or-so miles. Restored circa 2007 and described as in generally good condition, though with a typically week clutch, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these increasingly collectible motorcycling icons. The machine is offered with a quantity of expired MoT certificates, purchase receipt (made out to Richard Hammond), V5C registration document and MoT/tax to 2016. The installation of after-market indicator bodies is he only notified deviation from factory specification (originals included in sale).
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The property of James May,1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E Frame no. 394-019154 Engine no. 394-019154
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