of Birmingham and London
1959 In came the Flying Cadet, trials Commander and scrambles Cotswold, all with AMC engines.
1960 The Captain turned to the 199cc AMC engine, so only the Comet was left with the Villiers. The James scooter was added to the range, using a variant of the 149cc AMC engine. It was typical in style, with enclosure and leading-link forks.
1961 Manufacturers of the James 2-stroke motor cycles and general engineers.
1961-1962 Some models used the Villiers engine for competition versions. New models were the Sports Captain in 1961, and the Superswift in 1962.
1963 The Sports Superswift appeared when the competition models returned to 246cc Villiers engines, the 32A for trials and the 36A with a Parkinson top-end conversion for scrambles. All models had been fitted with Norton forks and a new model that was actually a carbon copy of the Francis-BarnettPlover appeared - the only difference was the badges and the colour finish.
1964-1965 The range of models was reduced and simplified.
1966 Problems within the group brought production of these illustrious machines to an end and they disappeared altogether when AMC folded.
The James history written by A.E. Kimberly in 1950 says:
"In 1902 James secured from Delin a supply of Derby engines which were fitted to his cycles and drove the machine through a friction pulley onto the rear tyre and so was the prototype of today's auxiliary engines."
The bikes look very similar. ~ David Wells.
(It seems that Automoto absorbed Delin, and the James Derby model does not appear to have continued after 1902.)
Sources: Graces Guide
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