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c.1914 Dayton 162cc Lightweight Registration no. not registered Frame no. 652 Engine no. 459/3

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c.1914 Dayton 162cc Lightweight
Registration no. not registered Frame no. 652 Engine no. 459/3

c.1914 Dayton 162cc Lightweight
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. 652
Engine no. 459/3

Manufactured well away from the British motorcycle industry's Midlands home, the Dayton was the product of cycle makers Charles Day & Co of Shoreditch, London. Day's motorcycle first appeared in 1913 and was powered by a 162cc two-stroke engine; single-speed and two-speed versions were offered. A ladies' model was added before manufacture ceased in 1915. Production resumed in 1920 but on this occasion the firm used a proprietary Villiers engine rather than its own. A motorised three-wheeled bath chair was added to the range before Day withdrew from the motorcycle market in 1922. In 1939 the marque reappeared briefly on the motorcycling stage with a Villiers-powered autocycle, before making a more serious attempt with the Albatross scooter in 1955. Dayton's scooter range expanded but like most British manufacturers their products were outclassed by the Italian Vespa and Lambretta. Production finally ceased in 1960.

This distressed and incomplete Dayton was formerly owned by a WW2 veteran of the Burma Campaign, who served as a dispatch rider and, later, as an Army Commando. Photographs exist of the late owner racing at the Gatwick Speed Trials in the 1930s. Sold by his family, the Dayton was discovered, dismantled, in a shed at his house after his death in 1989. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed.

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