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Capacity : 175
Model : Villiers
Production : 1932 - 1946
Category : (R) Street Bike


175 Villiers ·1932

The start of something big

After the failure of its first 500, Jawa realized that its future lay in realistically designed motorcycles with modest capacities. During 1931, the British designer George W. Patchett was called in to create a rational range. While he was best known for his designs for Brough-Superior, McEvoy and FN, at Jawa Patchett demonstrated that he was also capable of designing more modest machines.

Fast Beginner

He had scarcely arrived when he designed an excellent Villiers 175cc two-stroke engine. It enjoyed great success from 1932 on. In fact, 3020 examples were built in the first year!

Tuming the Import Tide

In 1933, the engine and most of the initially imported components - gearbox, hubs and brakes - were made in-house by Jawa, and for the first time, the income from the firm's motorcycle activities exceeded its arms sales. The 175 was less expensive than a third of its rivals. This handsome and reliable machine, endowed with good performance, really put Jawa on the map. It was built until 1946, in 17 successive versions, and 27,535 units rolled off the production lines. Incidentally, it was the first motorcycle in 1938 to be fitted with dual controls, used for riding instruction. Above all, the 175 let Czechoslovakia completely reverse the makeup of its market. In 1930, 94 percent of two-wheeler registrations were imported machines. In 1937, 94 percent of registrations were built in Czechoslovakia. Jawa built 30 ,000 machines and became the country's leading manufacturer.


Engine: 173cc (57x67mm) air-cooled single· cylinder

Power Rating: 5 hp @ 3750 rpm

Valves: two-stroke; ports controlled by piston skirt

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed, chain fmal drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 25x2. 75 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 154 lb

Maximum Speed: 50 mph


The arrival of the British engineer G. W Patchett established ]awa as a major player on the motorcycle scene, with his little 175 becoming CzechoslovakiaÂ’s best-seller.

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.