Autocycles were immensely popular in the years immediately following WW2, offering the prospect of affordable two-wheeled transport in a period of severe austerity. Like the mopeds of the 1950s and the definitive machine of this type, the Honda 50, autocycles were aimed at a non-enthusiast mass market, offering simplicity of operation and, often, a degree of weather protection not enjoyed by larger and more powerful machines. A rigid-framed machine fitted with tubular girder forks, the James Superlux Autocycle was powered initially by a 98cc Villiers engine enclosed by pressed-steel panels. Well presented and ideal for shows, this example already been restored (in 2005) prior to its acquisition by the current vendor. There is no registration document with this Lot.