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Two Millionth Villiers Engine

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Two Millionth Villiers Engine

Post  MoscowFlyer on Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:49 am

Here is the science museum website, which shows the two millionth villiers engine produced on the 26th September 1956. This engine had a number which is, 842A11960. 842A was allocated to all 1H engines fitted to Francis Barnett Cruiser models from 1954-57. I remember seeing a photo of a 1956 Francis Barnett Cruiser 75, which had the two millionth engine fitted, it was being ridden out of the Marston Rd Villiers factory by T.G.Meeten. It would be interesting to know the history of that bike, was the engine just fitted for the photo shoot, then remove, carved up, and donated to the science museum. In the photo the bike was on trade plates, so there is no reg to go on Mike

http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10217493
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Post  piston 197 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:26 pm

Mike,
nearest engine No to this in our register of machines is 842A11852 fitted to a 1957 model cruiser 75, and there are some later ones starting 842A 13*** still in 1957, so fits with it being a 1957 model made in late 1956.
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Post  MoscowFlyer on Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:40 pm

Yes John, that is the nearest one I can find. I've found the answer to my earlier query. The two Millionth engine came off the production line at 12.15pm on the 26th September 1956, it had been assembled by Ken Sherratt. Then it was put into the Cruiser 75, and ridden around the local area, before being taken out again and presented to the science museum. so there you go, that's what happened. Mike
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Post  myquest on Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:30 am

Moscow MIke/ JH - is that just motorcycle engines, or all types (stationary etc.)?
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Post  MoscowFlyer on Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:27 am

Hi Mike, that is a very good question, and to be honest I don't know, I would guess it was all engines. Maybe they might know at the science museum? they have Villiers stationary engines there too. Mike
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Re: Two Millionth Villiers Engine

Post  Ted Snook on Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:41 pm

I have a basket case Cruiser 75, with engine number 824A/11876, which is a few numbers closer. Not quite ready to do the restoration yet, but I have done all the engine cash layout to make it virtually as new.
I always wanted a Cruiser as a lad, but a new one cost a lot more than a Falcon, which was my first FB. How I wish I had that lad now - with a couple of jump leads, to get some work moving....Rolling Eyes Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 
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