Property of a deceased estate
c.1967 Greeves Challenger Racer
Breaking from Villiers as a supplier of engines, Greeves started building their own for their series of off-road competition machines in the 1960s. The first all-Greeves model was the Challenger scrambler, introduced in 1964. Built in 246cc and eventually 362cc capacities, the Challenger engine incorporated an Alpha crankshaft assembly within Greeves’ own crankcases, which were complemented by a new, generously finned alloy top end. Mated to an Albion gearbox, this new power unit was carried in typically-Greeves cycle parts consisting of a cast alloy beam frame and leading-link forks, the latter of the ‘banana’ type from 1965 with Cerianis optional. After two seasons testing, the production Challenger debuted for the 1967 season mounted in a lengthened frame (for improved stability) while also featuring new conical alloy hubs.
The motorbike offered
The c.1967 Greeves Challenger on offer here comes to us from the estate of a deceased collector, dealer, and all ‘round enthusiast.
The bike is offered in fantastic condition, steeped in patina, and racing scars. A homemade toolbox adorns the top of the forks with mounts for three spare spark plugs. A California black license plate is mounted on the side panel with registration that expired in 1977. Unfortunately, little is known of its history, but with good compression, it should only need service and re-commissioning before returning to rewarding duties in desert or dirt.