1914 J.E.S. 116cc Ultra-lightweight
Registration no. BF 5257
Frame no. 252
Engine no. 731
'J E Smith of Gloucester offered this auxiliary motor set to fit within a bicycle frame and drive the rear wheel by belt. The engine was a 1hp 116cc four-stroke with a front-mounted gear-driven Fischer magneto.' – The British Motorcycle Directory.
J.E.S. existed from 1909 to 1924, offering its powered bicycle (latterly with a larger engine) as the 'City' and 'Imp' before adding a small two-stroke motorcycle to its range.
This example of a rare Pioneer-era autocycle was acquired by the vendor circa 2007 as a dismantled restoration project. Restored over the next couple of years, it was registered in 2009 and since then has been ridden by its owner on the Pioneer Run on four occasions. This J.E.S. is a tall machine, and we are advised that it would suit a rider over 6' in height (note the extension blocks on the pedals). Other noteworthy features include a two-speed hub gear (make unknown) and an in-period front lamp. Last taxed to 30th September 2013, the machine should require only light re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road. Accompanying documentation consists of a Pioneer Certificate, expired MoT (2011), and a V5C Registration Certificate.
All Lots are sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
The vehicle is presently road legal, i.e. taxed and does not require an MOT (pre-1960).