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Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 250
Model : type 322
Production : 1963 -
Category : (Off-Road) MX


250 Type 322 . 1963

Return of a legend

From the start of the Twenties, the Cotton built up a solid reputation, mainly due to its triangulated tubular frame, inspired by that of the Scott, which gave it an enormous advantage in terms of roadholding. The marque found it difficult to re-establish itself after the Second World War, and it was only in 1953 that two Gloucester enthusiasts stepped in to reform the company and production restarted at the firm's Vulcan Works.

A New Generation

These new-generation Cottons used the popular 250cc Villiers Starmaker two-stroke, and immediately successfully returned to road racing with well-known riders like Bill Ivy and Derek Minter. They built a motocross bike using the same double cradle frame made up of small-diameter tubes, and had just enough time to build up an excellent reputation Villiers stopped making engines.

The Last Reel

Cotton adopted Italian Minarelli engines and continued making their bikes in motocross and enduro versions. A Minarelli-engined Cotton Cavalier won the 200cc class in the 1969 Scottish Six Days' Trial. Cotton moved into a new factory in 1976 and returned to road racing with the Rotax-engined twostroke LCRS 250, which was their last model.


Engine: 250cc (68x68mm) air-cooled Villers Starmaker single-cylinder

Power Rating: 14 hp @ 6000 rpm

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 4-speed

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging forks (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 21 inch (front); 18 inch (rear)

Weight: 287 lh


This superb Cotton is one of two exact replicas of the 1963 models built to special order by A]S Motorcycles in 1991.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.