Villiers, Villiers, Villiers ...

Thirty years ago I came by what has turned out to be two very early radially-finned Villiers Mk V's in two slightly different versions, the earlier with a decompresser and cylinder tap. I hauled one out a few months ago, got the seized piston out without a lot of trouble and cleaned it up awaiting rings. The other seems fine and has a bacon slicer flywheel & belt pulley, so is almost certainly motorcycle in origin.

The other day, I virtually had another thrust upon me, a 147cc Mk VIA and at Enstone I came across a Mk II for not a lot. It occurs to me that here is a nice display of Villiers engines waiting to happen, interesting and easily handled. Then at Enstone I spied a wooden box, just what I was looking for to put Saxon pots in to take on school visits. And lo! inside was a hoard of Villiers bits for £8.00, not because I really wanted them, but there are two pretty well complete magnetos in there, plus five or six points "boxes" and other bits, including a complete Mk VIA engine, sans crankcases.

So now - entirely without trying - I have this collection of Villiers engines.

But the magnetos don't fit the Mk V's, do they ?



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Kim Siddorn
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