Just acquired this James Autocycle. Its dated September 1948 and is surprising original, although the rear brake plate has been replaced and there are quite a few parts to find. 99% certain the paint is original. And fairly sure the pedal wheel and handlebars are replacements. The tank transfers are different in style to any other listed.
Not being a 'James' rider I get lost between the a Deluxe, Superlux or Standard models, can anyone tell me which one this may be please?
It has what appears to have been a back pedal brake, although the mechanism is chewed up and incomplete. From all my research so far I have found no reference to these being fitted on this Autocycle, so can anyone help, should this be on the bike and if so where can I study a working mechanism please?
I agree about the handlebars & chainwheel being replacements. If you want a name, I'd go for Autocycle de Luxe, but the names don't matter much. In particular 'Superlux' is a generic name used by James and applied to a lot of their pedal cycles as well as autocycles, but 'Autocycle de Luxe' was what the usual transfers said in 1948. I can't see what the tank transfer says from your photo - looks as if it could have 'NS' or 'MS' on it. If it's MS, could that be Ministry of Supply? The brake mechanism looks like one from a Francis-Barnett to me.
Many thanks for the guidance, I'll replace the brake plates, the pedals and the handlebars, then return it to a cable operated rear brake. The tank badge reads: The, famous, JAMES, the latter being on a gold box background, then the whole logo is above the usual wings. No mention of autocycle NS or MS. (It is the only badge on the bike).
Hi excelsior.a guy was at our Rotherham rally called Martin this june.with one of these bikes from Cheshire called Martin(Wirral wobblers) he as great patina on the bike looks as though it would not even run.but boy does it go.