This wonderful vintage `home brew' was built
from scratch in 1919 by J A Mills of Mansfield. Having served an
apprenticeship in the cycle industry he had progressed to working in
the motorcycle business before running his own garage. He began
constructing `The Busy Bee' single-seater immediately after WWI and
completed it one year later for a total expenditure of £120.
He then proceeded to use it as his daily transport for the rest of his
driving life, covering over 100,000 miles. A three-wheeler in the
Morgan style, its tubular frame was originally powered by a 4.5hp Stag
engine but this was replaced by the current 6hp AJS V-twin in 1928.
Drive is transmitted by chain to a mid-mounted Sturmey-Archer clutch
and three-speed gearbox, from where a further chain drives the single
rear wheel. Just 10 bolts retain the three-piece plywood body.
It spent some time with Pioneer
current owners are true vintage enthusiasts and fought off fierce
bidding to win this unique car at auction in 2013.
4 No. 9 November 1986
By Mike Worthington-Williams in 'Finds and Discoveries'