Politely described as unorthodox and innovative, Greeves’ approach to motorcycle design is certainly quirky with a sand cast beam downtube frame, a distinguishing leading link fork, box section exhaust and oil storage in the swingarm can’t be questioned considering their successes in off-road racing. ‘Scottish’ had been adopted as the trials model’s name following Jack Simpson’s victory in the Scottish Six Days Trial’s 200cc category in 1957, the first year Greeves had fielded a factory team in the prestigious event. . Don Smith won the European Trials championship in 1964 on a TES, and in 1969 the Essex firm took the premier award in the Six Days Trials, courtesy of Billy Wilkinson.
The Greeves on offer here was purchased new from Nicholson Motors in Los Angeles. It eventually ended up with Frank Conley, who purchased the entire Greeves inventory of bikes and parts upon the retirement of Nicholson. Conley restored the bike and used it minimally, until his death when it was purchased by a collector of British off-roaders and it remained on static display. It then moved on to our vendor a few years ago, a master mechanic of European and early American classic machines, who fully recommissioned the bike to compete at the Greeves Days event, where it performed faultlessly. Now, freshly serviced, the bike is offered for sale in perfect running order.
The Greeves is a rarity these days and certainly the talking-point of any discerning collection. Not an opportunity to be missed.