James, along with so many other British motorcycle manufacturers of the period, moved from bicycle production to motorcycles at the turn of the century.
Initially making sporting machines, they soon focused on the utility market and continued doing so until they finally ceased production in 1966 due to the onslaught of cheaper, better Japanese machines.
This 1965 150cc James Cadet is one of the last of a long line of James motorcycles and is a typical product of the British bike industry of the 1960s. Viewed five decades later through the rose-tinted Stadium MkV goggles of the British bike enthusiast, it has a certain charm about it and offers an interesting alternative to the ubiquitous BSA Bantam.
The 150cc AMC two-stroke single cylinder engine and three-speed gearbox may not set the tarmac alight but it will waft you along the back roads quite nicely and attract attention in every country pub car park and classic bike show throughout the land.
The bike has been restored competently in the past and still looks good. According to the vendor it was running last year.
Bidders are advised that this James is offered for sale with no documents and the registration number is no longer on Swansea’s computer.