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1913 Royal Ruby Sales Catalogue

A very nice sales catalogue from the manufacturers Royal Ruby with the dealer stamp of James and Gillman of Hawera, Sole NZ Agents, Ruby Motorcycles. Prices have been inked in for most of the models and will be in New Zealand Pounds. The are 6 models including both wicker and coach built bodies. The models include the 3 1/2 hp Model D with fixed wheel, the 3 1/2hp Touring Model E, the Tourist Trophy Model F, the 3hp V Twin Touring Model G, the 6hp V Twin solo Model H, and the Model H and sidecar. All motorcycles are

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1924 ~ 27 Blackburne Single Cylinder Engines Hints, Tips and Parts List.

For a lot of small motorcycle manufacturers it was financially impractical to design and build their own engines, so larger companies like JAP, Sturmey Archer, Villiers and Blackburne provided them with the power units. Therefore this manual should be of a huge benefit to owners of such machines as Rex Acme, Cotton, Toronda, OEC, McEvoy and Chater Lea. At 28 pages the manual has the usual staining indicating a well used handbook, and information contained within is for the 250, 350, 500 and 550 models, both side valve and OHV engines. There is a section on General Notes on

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1920 Humber 4 1/2hp 600cc Sales Catalogue.

Not really sure of the true period of this catalogue as there is no date on it but the general style and design would indicate early 1920. Humber introduced the 500 and 600cc flat twin motorcycles after returning to production at the end of WW1. Pre war saw Humber design a flat 3 cylinder 750cc engine, with 1 cylinder forward and 2 cylinders to the rear, indicating that they were thinking outside the box when it came to all things engine. The Humber 600cc engine would yet be another interesting creation with external flywheel, detachable valve pockets, gear driven

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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 – www.hepolitepistons.com

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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