Page 89. 1919 Reynolds Runabout SOLD

1919 Reynolds Runabout

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This is a very rare machine. It is missing its engine covers, saddles, and various other parts. But there’s definitely enough of it here to manufacture the missing parts and end up with an extremely desirable machine

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It was in the previous owner’s family for over 40 years, and possesses its registration document.

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Jackson Car Manufacturing Co

Pangbourne, Berkshire

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The Jackson Car Manufacturing Co introduced the Reynolds Runabout scooter, in 1919, though production was subsequently taken over by A.W. Wall of Tyseley, Birmingham, the makers of the scooter’s Liberty engine. It remained in production until 1924.

As you can see below, the 269cc engine has separate petrol and oil tanks.

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The front forks are Australian-made Flexiforks.

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The gearbox is a two-speed Moss unit, with either chain or belt drive. Two bucket seats were fitted onto a wooden platform above the engine.

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It’s a large machine, considerably bigger than the Unibus, for example (which had a similar size engine), and very much larger than the Skootamota. I think it’s actually the largest of the various scooters that came onto the market in this first phase of the motor scooter. Compare it with some of the scooters available at the time in the 1920 buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page.

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With a size comparable to a 350cc motorcycle of the day, this created, in my opinion, a considerable sales disadvantage. Because scooters then, like now, were marketed towards folks who didn’t want to get their clothes dirty and who wanted a lighter mount. All its competitors were lightweights. The best-known period picture of a Reynolds, featured above, shows a woman grimacing as she attempts to pull her Reynolds onto its rear stand …with an audience of pedestrians standing by.

Though the company replaced the engine with a more popular JAP unit, this did little to revive sales, and production ended in 1924.

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GUIDE to SCOOTERS of 1920

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BIDDING

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LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom

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DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

Great Britain – delivery is ONLY £60 for this scooter to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).

THIS BARGAIN PRICE DELIVERY IS ON A PART-LOAD BASIS.

(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).

LOCAL DELIVERY FREE

If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.

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Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.

INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS:

You must communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.

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AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I prefer to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…

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VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT BID.

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