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1963 Hepolite Piston Catalogue.

Hepolite have been in business since 1907 and the demand for their products meant that at the height of their manufacturing they were producing a million piston rings a week. They are still supporting the automotive industry with pistons, rings, valves and guides for the more common later model 1960s & 70s motorcycles. You can see what they have on offer here –

This catalogue is in part, covering just the motorcycles and scooters for pre 1963, and even though the majority of machines listed are from the 1940s onwards there are listings going back to the

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1938 Levis Sales Catalogue

Levis motorcycles could never be called quaint or nifty, more of a gritty or robust nature. It is just a shame that for 1938 they did not include their racy looking little 250cc Model CB with their own design OHC engine from 1935, nevertheless there are 7 models listed which seem to encompass the more sporting image of the time. A handsome line up of machines with most having smart upswept exhaust pipes and heavily chrome plated petrol tanks. From the lightweight 247cc Two Stroke Model powered by Levis’ own 2 stroke engine, the Model B Special 250cc Twin

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1913~14 Speedwell Sidecar Sales Catalogue.

A very early catalogue where Speedwell would much rather refer to their product as side carriages instead of the much shortened term sidecars. Chassis design was still in the early stages and stability on cornering could possibly be a bit unnerving. Initial design placed the sidecar axle pretty much in line with the motorcycles rear axle, increasing the chance of tipping and the rear wheel of the motorcycle to lift. Later design would place the sidecar wheel forward of the motorcycles wheel to lessen this happening. Speedwells coach built bodies came in 4 different styles including the Modele de

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1932 Raleigh 3 Wheel 5cwt Delivery Transport

Something a little bit different, a Raleigh 3 wheel 5cwt delivery unit. Not exactly a motorcycle, or motorcycle and sidecar, but it is powered by a 600cc side valve motorcycle engine, has a special Sturmey Archer 3 speed gearbox with reverse and does have a girder fork front end with handle bars, so does fit within the Barnstormer belief of being a motorcycle of sorts, perhaps a special vehicle for that really special person. Body styles on offer included a van, lorry, box carrier, dual purpose lorry, factory truck, or as a bare chassis with the owner building a

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1929 Royal Ruby Sales Catalogue

The Royal Ruby Cycle Co, of Bolton, Lancashire have produced some beautiful looking machines in the past, especially in the late 1910s, early 1920s. Petrol tanks painted out in bright red with gold pin stripping definitely made the motorcycles noticeable. Google Royal Ruby images to see what I mean.

This catalogue covers the 5 1929 machines powered by the Villiers engines and include the Sports Villiers 172cc Model A, the Sports Villiers 196cc Model B, the Super Sports Villiers 172cc Model C, the Sports Villiers 247cc Model D and the Sports Villiers 342cc Model E, as well as

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