Based in Quay Street, Gloucester, Cotton motorcycles were to the fore in post-war scrambles events and produced trials and scrambles machines alongside their roadster offerings, powered by the Villiers engine.
They were one of the first to use the new-for-1963 Villiers Starmaker 250cc engine which was designed primarily for racing and scrambles. The first model to be offered with this engine choice was the Cougar scrambler which featured a duplex cradle frame which was both strong and lightweight and was suspended on MP leading link forks and moto-ally hubs produced by the British Hub Co.
At the time most competitors could not afford a bike for ride-to-work duties and a separate competition machine for events at the weekend, so this 1964 competition machine was road registered JVN 30E in June 1967 and must have provided an interesting machine on the road in its day. The engine was rebuilt by a Villiers specialist and some receipts are included in the file covering its restoration, along with a receipt for its purchase in 1966 for £77 and an old RF60 cardboard logbook plus a modern V5C.
Also included in the sale is a spare front hub, a steel petrol tank (as the fibreglass one has started to deteriorate with modern fuel), a spare race number plate and a new reproduction leatherette skirt guard to protect the air filter and electrics.