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Old 06/05/2017, 08:33 AM
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Default 325 East Coaster

Now waiting for delivery of my 325 East Coaster (32DD124). These were imported by Randy Wilson,
not sure if any other American importers had them.
I have the engine as well, just not in the frame. No doubt more light will be thrown on the numbers of these produced,
though again without export records that might be more difficult.


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Old 06/05/2017, 08:48 AM
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Interesting news Tony, should have a 'B' suffix. At present I have 4 of these registered as surviving

32DD 124B b/case found in USA 4/17 & bought by a GRA member (Tony)
32DD 125B GRA member in Canada un-restored
Note these have a DD frame number which may have been from old stock to make up a 32DC fitted with steel tank & alloy guards so not an Essex.
32DC 148B In USA believed a runner
32DC 153B in USA possible runner colour blue 5/17

So looks like there could be at least another 4 (149B-152B)

I have attached the Randy Wilson 325 East Coaster road test leaflet below which was kindly sent to me by member Stan Nicholson of Canada. It was codged together using a road test of a 32DC with pics of the UK East Coaster. No date on Randy Wilsons leaflet but it must have been later than September 1965 to get the pics from the UK EC Road Test by Motor Cycle Mechanics.
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Old 12/05/2017, 04:53 PM
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Another Randy Wilson 325 East Coaster recently sold on Craigslist in the USA
https://newlondon.craigslist.org/mcy/6117232109.html
If any of our USA members bought this they may like to come on board.
I understand that the frame number of this bike was 32DC153B
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Was checking through some old notes today & found reference to a 32DC144 registered VVL175 on 28/8/63 in the UK. Its currently on SORN. with last keeper change 18/8/08 enging number 222D1458 The number looks to be in the same batch as the Randy Wilson 32DC East Coasters.
VVL175 where are you

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Old 27/09/2017, 04:40 PM
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I have just picked up the 325 East Coaster today. Never mind fake or fortune, here is the provenance for a genuine 325 East Coaster



Stuck on the rear number plate on top behind the light.
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Old 27/09/2017, 07:09 PM
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Being an East Coaster that would be black gold then Phil?
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Old 27/09/2017, 08:19 PM
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Quite a rare machine. Only 9 listed on UK despatch record. Doubt if many have survived. Perhaps there is scope for an export record of the repatriated machines and those still abroad.
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Quite a rare machine. Only 9 listed on UK despatch record. Doubt if many have survived. Perhaps there is scope for an export record of the repatriated machines and those still abroad.
The 325 East Coaster was not sold in UK Phil, only sold in USA by Randy Wilson, see his sales leaflet shown earlier in this thread.
I assume the 9 listed in UK records are 32DD 'Essex' bikes. Wilson used both DD & DC frames to produce his 3T engined East Coasters. I think it is likely that he assembled these at Boylston from parts supplied by Greeves, but with the passing of time and the absence of export records I doubt whether we will ever know for sure. This would have been towards the end of road bike production and I suspect Greeves were clearing out old stock. I did try to trace Wilson a couple of years back but no success.
Looks like he died 21st November 2014 http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/gr...&pid=173293267

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Old 28/09/2017, 11:54 AM
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A few pictures of the bike - with recorded mileage of 5190 and a seized engine - it might be accurate as the hubs
and other parts are relatively clean. I am stabbing in the dark however looking at the slight damage on the
right hand footrest, mudguard, fork and the corner of the throttle which is jammed open I think that maybe
the rider had an off and the throttle jammed open and seized the engine.
Pure speculation of course and I will never know, but sounds plausible.













only missing parts are the points cover, the rear speedometer drive is broken and the rear mudguard disappeared,
however it might surface.

The silencer and the wheels have light pitting of the chrome, but cleaned up and standing a few yards away
they look really good. The frame is rusty in a few places which can be touched in as I am only going to get
the engine sorted and get it back on the road.

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