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The Motor Cycle 1953-1959
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Year Month Date No. Vol Front Page Highlights Condition Comments

1953 Jan  1 2595 90 Good resolution for 1953, Triumph Average $15

8 2596 90 Made inn London by Matchless Poor $5

15 2597 90 BSA Maudes Trophy winner Very poor $5

22 2598 90 Built in the light of experience, Norton Average $15

29 2599 90 The Ariel, dry three plate clutch Average $15

Feb 5 2600 90 For the lightweight enthusiast, James Average

19 2602 90 Triumph, does so many jobs, so well. DK Mansell Trial Good $20

26 2603 90 BSA winners of the Maudes Trophy Good Sold

Mch 5 2604 90 Built in the light of experience, Norton G Good

12 2605 90 Ariel, there's spring in your Dealer's Good

19 2606 90 Jubilee Number, 1903-1953 Average

26 2607 90 Great Engineering Achievements etc Average

April 2 2608 90 Choose BSA, 350 or 500 Average

9 2609 90 Made in London by Matchless '53 Average

16 2610 90 The Ultimate in Lightweight M-Cycles Average

23 2611 90 Norton, 1953 E.S.2 Average

30 2612 90 Twins with a difference, BSA Average

May 14 2614 90 Ariel, ideal for solo or sidecar Average

21 2615 90 Outstanding Performance & Economy Average $20

28 2616 90 Torquay or Le Torquet, BSA Average

June 11 2618 90 Tourist Trophy Number Good

18 2619 90 TT Report Number Good/Avg 2 copies

25 2620 90 BSA most popular in world Average

July 2 2621 91 Vincent, a name to fame, 25 years  Average

9 2622 91 AJS, when it’s a question of economy Average

16 2623 91 Triumph Ferrier, 150 OHV Average

23 2624 91 James Cadet, heralding a new era Average

30 2625 91 AJS when it’s a question dependability Good

Aug 6 2626 91 Triumph, the best motorcycling gives Average

13 2627 91 BSA most popular in world Average

27 2629 91 With map and Matchless Average

Sept 3 2630 91 Norton built in the light of experience Average

10 2631 91 Triumph, pioneers of all designs Average

17 2632 91 Ariel, model 4G, 1000cc four port Good $20

24 2633 91 1954 again the centre of Atttraction Average

Oct 1 2634 91 All agree, BSA most popular etc Average

8 2635 91 Ariel, model 4G, 1000cc four port Average

22 2637 91 Triumph, so much more satisfaction Average

29 2638 91 The new 650cc Ariel Twin Good

Nov 5 2639 91 1954 AJS, again sets the standard Average

12 2640 91 London Show Guide Good * $30

19 2641 91 London Show Report Average $20

26 2642 91 Triumph speed twin Good

Dec 3 2643 91 My son has a Vincent Average

10 2644 91 Ride AJS and ensure success Average

17 2645 91 I've retired my Reindeer for a BSA Good

24 2646 91 Norton, best wishes for 1954 Average
    31 2647 91 1954 Ariel, 500cc KH Twin Average $20
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1954 Jan  7 2648 92 Triumph Thunderbird Tri 650 Good Start box 7

14 2649 92 Matchless in Holland Average

21 2650 92 Achievement Norton Average

28 2651 92 She's a beauty, BSA Average

Feb 4 2652 92 The Ariel Huntmaster Good

11 2653 92 Matchless Service in Sweden Good cover

18 2654 92 James, Lightweight of 1954 Good cover

25 2655 92 BSA 500 O.H.V. model B.33 Average

Mch 4 2656 92 The Triumph Ferrier 150cc OHV Good Sold (2) contents

11 2657 92 So zestful to be almost breathtaking Good * $20

18 2658 92 The new Captain, 200cc Springer Average

25 2659 92 AJS, The Race-bred Motor Cycle Good

April 8 2661 92 Ariel, symbol of all that's best Average

15 2662 92 NSU Vincent, see it in the showrooms Average

22 2663 92 Norton, the best road holder Good

29 2664 92 Matchless in Belgium Good

May 6 2665 92 Triumph, Tiger 110 Average

13 2666 92 BSA Reliable service worldwide Poor

20 2667 92 Matchless in Uruguay Average

27 2668 92 BSA, performance, reliability,value Average

June 3 2669 92 James 125, money saving motorcycle Poor

10 2670 92 No front page Poor

17 2671 92 Tourist Trophy Number Excellent

24 2672 92 TT Report Number Good

July 1 2673 93 BSA, 250 cc SV model CIOL Average

8 2674 93 Triumph Tiger 100, best in design Average

15 2675 93 Ariel 500cc model KH Good *

22 2676 93 She's a beauty, BSA 250cc OHV Good

29 2677 93 So zestful to be almost breathtaking Average

Aug 12 2679 93 BSA Bantam, big hearted brother Poor

19 2680 93 Matchless in Australia Good Sold 

26 2681 93 Bouquets, Ariel 650cc Huntmaster Good

Sept 2 2682 93 Triumph range meets all requirements Good

9 2683 93 Norton, Outstanding 1955 De-Luxe Good

16 2684 93 Whatever your choice, look for these signs Good

23 2685 93 BSA ideal choice the Golden Flash Good

30 2686 93 No front page Poor

Oct  7 2687 93 Triumph, see full range at Earls Court Average $10.00

14 2688 93 1955 AJS puts on new front Average

21 2689 93 Norton, outstanding Model 7 Average

Nov 4 2691 93 Triumph best in the world Good

11 2692 93 London Show Guide Good Sold 

18 2693 93 London Show Report Good Sold 

25 2694 93 James the 200cc Captain Average

Dec 2 2695 93 Norton World's best road holder Good

9 2696 93 Triumph, over 70 police forces ride Average

16 2697 93 BSA most popular in world Good

23 2698 93 No front page Poor

30 2699 93 1955, Ariel with swinging arm suspension Average
1955 Jan  6 2700 94 Triumph Tiger 110, best in world Good

13 2701 94 Matchless Efficiency Average

20 2702 94 Norton, world's best road holder Average

27 2703 94 BSA most popular in world Average

Feb 3 2704 94 Motor cycling at its best, Ariel Good> $10

10 2705 94 AJS, More about streamlining Very Poor plastic cover 

24 2707 94 BSA King of the Queen's highway Good Sold (2) 

Mch 3 2708 94 Spring Number & Buyers Guide Average  $15

10 2709 94 Norton, The Unapproachable Good  $20

17 2710 94 James, Supreme in Design & Perf Good $20

24 2711 94 Motor cycle Skiing in Sweden Average

31 2712 94 Special Holiday Number Average

April 7 2713 94 BSA King of the Queen's highway Good

14 2714 94 Famous Racing Four Described Good

21 2715 94 Spring and thoughts of the Norton  Good/Poor Contents (2 copies, 1 in plastic cover)

28 2716 94 Another Racing Unit Described Average Sold

May 5 2717 94 Racing Twin Decribed Good $20

12 2718 94 British Motor Cycles for the World Average $15

19 2719 94 Famous Racing Single Described Average $15

26 2720 94 BSA King of the Queen's highway Good $20

June 2 2721 94 Guide to TT Races Good

9 2722 94 Tourist Trophy Number Average

16 2723 94 TT Report Number Good/Avg 2 copies

30 2725 94 Sidecar-Chassis design Average

July 14 2727 95 The Greatest of them all, Ariel 1000cc Average - no spine $15

21 2728 95 BSA King of the Queen's highway Good cover shot in gallery
    28 2729 95 Famous Racing Twin Good Sold 1208

Aug 4 2730 95 Vincent, 20th Century Knights Average $20

11 2731 95 BSA King of the Queen's highway; Tribute to Eric Oliver Average/Good 2 copies

18 2732 95 Matchless, Model G80S, fast,safe etc Good

25 2733 95 It's easy on a Triumph Good $20

Sept 1 2734 95 1956 Ranges Described, Vincent Firefly Excellent $20

8 2735 95 It's easy on a Triumph  Good Contents

15 2736 95 Manx GP Reports  Good Contents

22 2737 95 International Report, Royal Escort Good

29 2738 95 The Greatest of them all, Ariel 1000cc Good

Oct 6 2739 95 Brilliant new BSA range on the way Good

13 2740 95 Big 1956 Range Described, AJS Good

20 2741 95 Two new roadholders in Norton range Average

27 2742 95 Make it a Triumph for 1956 Good $20

Nov 3 2743 95 Look Out for the Dark Horse of show Good

10 2744 95 Cover page only

17 2745 95 London Show Report Average $20

Dec 1 2747 95 James Cadet 150, Outstanding etc Average

8 2748 95 The Milan show Average

15 2749 95 Norton 19S, miles ahead of its class Good

22 2750 95 Matchless, Merry Christmas Good

29 2751 95 1956 Sporting Calendar, Ariel Average
1956 Jan  5 2752 96 It must be a Triumph for 1956 Good $20

12 2753 96 AJS It's Difficult, not the cheapest etc  Average

19 2754 96 Two new roadholders in Norton range Average

26 2755 96 Brilliant BSA Good

Feb 2 2756 96 Triumph Tiger Cub Average

9 2757 96 Matchless for 1956, model G11, 600cc Good Sold 0703

16 2758 96 James Cadet 150, luxurious suspension Good

Mch 1 2759 96 Spring and Triumph-nothing better Excellent

8 2760 96 Ariel Colt The Pedigree 200cc Excellent

15 2761 96 Luxuriously your, James Capt 200 Good

22 2762 96 Spring AJS, Scottish 6 days trial Excellent

29 2763 96 Blossom out early spring with Ariel Good

April 5 2764 96 (BSA) EAT stands for Tanganyika Good

12 2765 96 Triumph Tiger Cub  Poor Contents plastic cover

19 2766 96 Spring and the Dominator 88 Norton  Average

26 2767 96 Holiday Number & Buyers Guide Average

May 3 2768 96 Captain of the Two Strokes, James  Good Contents

10 2769 96 British Motor Cycles for the World  Good Contents

17 2770 96 Matchless, Inevitably centre of attraction Poor

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2771 96 Brilliant BSA  Good Contents

Contents 0531(0531 missing)


June 7 2773 96 Tourist Trophy Number  Good Contents

14 2774 96 TT Report Number Good $25

21 2775 96 7 Oustanding models by Ariel Average

28 2776 96 BSA stands for Isle of Man GBM  Average Contents

July 5 2777 97 Triumphs of Today Good

12 2778 97 AJS 1956 Junior TT Team Prize Good

19 2779 97 Travel on the model 50 Norton 350cc Average

26 2780 97 Triumph, The Tiger 110 Average

Aug 2 2781 97 Ariel, for carefree touring-solo or sidecar Average

9 2782 97 BSA Bantam to Golden Flash, Shrublands Average* Contents

16 2783 97 No front page. Douglas Vespa  Poor Contents

23 2784 97 Triumphs of today, The Tiger 110 Average

30 2785 97 New De-Luxe Two-Fifty, James Good

Sept 6 2786 97 Hints for You, BSA Good

13 2787 97 Grand Prix Des Nations, Norton Average

20 2788 97 ISDT- First Report, Ariel Good

27 2789 97 Announcing AJS 1957 models Good Contents

Oct 4 2790 97 No front page Poor

25 2793 97 Frankfurt Show Report, BSA Good

Nov 1 2794 97 New Lightweight Twin, Ariel stand 45 Average

8 2795 97 London Show Guide Average $20

15 2796 97 London Show Report Good $35

22 2797 97 Show Review Number, Ariel Good $35
    29 2798 97 Enclosed Roadster, Triumph Good


Dec 6 2799 97 Fuel Saving, James Commodore 250 Average


13 2800 97 Designing for Enclosure, Norton 77 Good $20

20 2801 97 Christmas Number, Greetings AJS Excellent $30

27 2802 97 AMC Two-Stroke Analysed, Ariel 1957 Good
1957 Jan  3 2803 98 Bill Lomas on Racing, BSA Good

10 2804 98 What I rode in 1956, Matchless economy Good Sold 

17 2805 98 Another Bicar special, Triumph Good

24 2806 98 Making a streamlined shell, Ariel Good

31 2807 98 Scooters and Mopeds Average

Feb 7 2808 98
Average

14 2809 98 DMW Bambi 98cc Scooter, Racing Sidecar Outfit, Fitting a Sidecar, 347cc G3LC Matchless,  Good, Sold 0208

21 2810 98 148cc Lambretta, Restoration part 12, 173cc Villiers, Gilbert-Hobbs Ignition Good

28 2811 98 Triumph Three-Fifty Twin, BSA. Norton Dominator 88. Scott Squirrell Good

Mch 7 2812 98 Triumph Twenty-One, 125cc Piatti Scooter, 192cc Velocette Valiant, James Capt 200 Good

14 2813 98 Test of 100mph Roadster Triumph Good

21 2814 98 Spring Number & Buyers Guide Good $20 Special issue

28 2815 98 Give me a Big engine, Matchless G11 Good Missing 

April 4 2816 98 No front page Poor

11 2817 98 Special Holiday Number, James 250 Good v minor worm damage

18 2818 98 Scottish hints by Hugh Viney, AJS Good v minor spine damage

25 2819 98 Easter Report, Triumph Excellent Sold 

May 2 2820 98 Scottish Guide, Norton model 88 Good

9 2821 98 Ixion's TT Reminiscences, Matchless Average

16 2822 98 Scottish six days trial, BSA Average Contents

23 2823 98 Cornering Angles, Ariel Good

30 2824 98 Jubilee TT Guide, Triumph Good Contents

June 6 2825 98 Tourist Trophy Number, AJS Excellent Contents

13 2826 98 TT Report Number, Norton Excellent Contents Sold 

27 2828 98 Whither Streamlining BSA Average (20th June missing)

July 11 2830 99 Special Road Test, James Capt 200 Average

18 2831 99 You'll go a long way on your BSA Good

25 2832 99 New British Scooter, Triumph Good Contents

Aug 1 2833 99 Advice on Running-in, AJS Good

8 2834 99 Touring in Scotland, BSA Good Cover

15 2835 99 No front page Poor $5

22 2836 99 Two-Stroke tuning, Triumph Good $20

29 2837 99 Back page only

Sept 5 2838 99 Three 1958 Ranges, Ariel Average $10

12 2839 99 Sidecar driving is easy, BSA Good

19 2840 99 Big sidecar range described, Matchless Good

26 2841 99 International Report,Triumph Average

Oct 3 2842 99 No front page Poor

10 2843 99 Paris Show Report, James Cadet Good

17 2844 99 Your winter riding kit, AJS Average

24 2845 99 Slick Shift gear changing, BSA Good

31 2846 99 Keep warm and dry, Ariel Average

Nov 7 2847 99 No front page Poor

14 2848 99 Big Range described Poor

21 2849 99 First Armchair Show Number Good $35

28 2850 99 Second Armchair Show Number Average $20

Dec 5 2851 99 Technicalities of 1958 models, Ariel Good Sold $20

12 2852 99 Carburettor Servicing, BSA Average, glue gone $15

19 2853 99 1958 Sporting Calendar, AJS Average, glue gone

26 2854 99 Christmas Number, Norton mercurial Average, glue gone 
1958 Jan  2 2855 100 What I rode in 1956, BSA Bantam 175 Good Sold 

9 2856 100 Highlights-By ace Riders, Triumph Good

16 2857 100 New British Scooter, Matchless Average (Jan 23 missing) Contents
  Contents 0123

Feb 6 2860 100 Making a Windscreen, Triumph Average

13 2861 100 Reader's queries, Norton Supreme Good

20 2862 100 New Streamlined Roadster, AJS Twin Average

27 2863 100 Sidecar Alignment, BSA Good

Mch 6 2864 100 Spring Number & Buyers Guide Good Special issue

13 2865 100 Exciting new Two-Fifty, James 200 Average

20 2866 100 Running-in Hints, AJS  Good

27 2867 100 No front page Poor

April 3 2868 100 New High speed Roadsters Matchless Good $20

10 2869 100 The Easter Sport, BSA Average Contents

17 2870 100 Holiday Number, Triumph 21 Good

24 2871 100 Free Road maps and touring guide Average 2nd edition

May 1 2872 100 Free Road maps and touring guide Excellent 3rd edition

15 2874 100 Scottish six days trial, BSA Excellent Cover Sold 

22 2875 100 New Two-fifty engine analysed Average Cover

29 2876 100 TT Races Full Guide, Triumph Excellent CoverContents

June 5 2877 100 Tourist Trophy Number, Norton Good Cover $25 Special issue; 2 copies

12 2878 100 TT Races Full Report, AJS Good Special issue; 2 copies

19 2879 100 TT Review, Scooter rally, special supplement Average CoverContents
    26 2880 100 Special 500 mile Race Report Good


July 3 2881 101 Looking Around London, Triumph Good Contents

10 2882 101 Tips for Your Holiday Awheel Good Contents

17 2883 101 Exciting new Ariel Excellent

24 2884 101 Britains Major Rally, Triumph Twin Good

31 2885 101 Velocette Viper Road Test Good Cover $20

Aug 7 2886 101 Bank Holiday Sport, AJS 250cc OHV Good Cover Sold 

14 2887 101 Lambretta TV175 Engine analysed Good CoverContents $20

21 2888 101 Analyse your riding style, Triumph Excellent

28 2889 101 Two-Stroke Twin Engine analysed Average

Sept 4 2890 101 Brilliant new Two-Fifty described BSA Good

11 2891 101 More 1959 ranges, Matchless 250 Excellent

18 2892 101 Manx GP Reports, BSA 250 Star Excellent Contents

25 2893 101 Six Days Trial First Report, James Good

Oct 2 2894 101 ISDT Full Report, Norton Average (1)

9 2895 101 Enclosed Twin Two Stroke Road test Excellent

16 2896 101 Fitting Winter Weather Equipment Average

23 2897 101 Keeping out the water, BSA Excellent

30 2898 101 New British Scooters, Triumph twin Good

Nov 6 2899 101 Riding at night, Norton Jubilee 250 Excellent

13 2900 101 London Show Guide Excellent $40 Special issue

20 2901 101 London Show Report Average $20 Special issue

27 2902 101 London Show Review Excellent $40

Dec 4 2903 101 Choosing Riding Gear, Triumph Good

11 2904 101 Free Timing Disc, BSA 250 Star Good

18 2905 101 The Technique for Fog, James  Good

25 2906 101 Christmas Number, BSA 650 Super Excellent
1959 Jan 1 2907 102 What I rode in 1958, Triumph Excellent

8 2908 102 Famous Designer Interviewed, AJS Good

15 2909 102 Making a Fly-sheet, BSA Good

22 2910 102 DeCarbonizing Two-Strokes+Scooters Good

29 2911 102 Stars discuss Formula Racing, Norton Excellent

Feb 3 2912 102 More Readers Hints, Triumph Good

12 2913 102 Developing Racing Engines, BSA Average

19 2914 102 Smooth Clutch Operation Good

26 2915 102 Scooter Supplement, Ariel Average

Mch 5 2916 102 Spring Number & Buyers Guide Good Practical handb'k

12 2917 102 100 page handbook, Part 2, BSA Average Practical handb'k

19 2918 102 100 page handbook, final section Excellent Practical handb'k

26 2919 102 Scooter Supplement, Easter Hints Average

April 2 2920 102 All the Easter sport, Ariel Leader Good

9 2921 102 Trip with a new Twin, BSA Average

16 2922 102 Special Holiday Number, James Commodore Excellent

23 2923 102 Scooter Supplement Inside, Triumph Good

30 2924 102 More Holiday Notes, AJS 250cc OHV Average

May 7 2925 102 First Scottish Report, Ariel Leader Good (1)

14 2926 102 Scottish Six Days Trial, Matchless 500 Excellent

28 2928 102 Guide to TT Races & Scooter Supp Excellent Contents

June 4 2929 102 Tourist Trophy Number, AJS Excellent (1)

11 2930 102 TT Report Number, Norton Excellent

Aug 13 2931 103 Racing Machine Development Good (1)

20 2932 103 American Sprint Models, BSA Good

27 2933 103 Repairing a Dual Seat, Triumph Good

Sept 17 2936 103 Manx Grand Prix Races, Triumph Good Contents
(1) (0903 & 0910 not available)
 Contents 0903
 Contents 0910

24 2937 103 ISDT Full Report, Matchless Average

Oct 1 2938 103 The Art of Towing, BSA Good

8 2939 103 Profile- Gary Hocking, Norton Good Contents

15 2940 103 Famous Range for 1960, Ariel Leader Good

22 2941 103 Mike Hailwood Interview, BSA Average

29 2942 103 Motorway Map Guide, Triumph Good

Nov 5 2943 103 Checking Your Tyres, AJS 248cc Good Contents

12 2944 103 First Armchair Show Number Excellent

19 2945 103 Second Armchair Show Number Average

26 2946 103 Passing the Driving Test Good

Dec 3 2947 103 Choosing Chrsitmas Gifts, Triumph Average

24 2950 103 Christmas Number, Ariel Good sold 1311 $20

31 2951 103 1960 Sports Calendar, BSA the best Good




*Many from this period have the glue eaten out from the spines.
(1) Several from 1959 May June July August & Sept are missing from series.
(2) Some pages have been scanned from issues which have been sold.
 
 

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