The popularity of motor scooters in the late 1950s and early 1960s drew a number of traditional motorcycle manufacturers into this market. James built this 149 cc single cylinder model which had a four speed gearbox “ ….. to give a high cruising speed, coupled with good petrol consumption.”
The company’s advertising literature highlighted the James as having “ ….. probably the finest scooter frame manufactured today – designed to give rock-steady steering at all speeds!”
The James was available in two colour schemes, either Old English White, or, as featured here, Astral Blue. This particular example was very generously donated to the Museum by Mr. Cooper of Bedworth in 1980.