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confusing plover frame numbers

Post  smudge384 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:50 pm

Firstly let me to wish everyone a very happy New Year and everything you wish for.....right, frame numbers - I have a Plover 78 with a frame number prefixed with a 'Z' which apparently was made between September 1958 and 1959 so when I read that an enquiry from another Fanny B owner who's Plover 78 has a frame number prefix of 'A' is told its a 1959 model I get a little confused. Now I know that 'A' would follow 'Z' if the model was to continue but I was under the impression that the '78' ended in 1959 !! Please correct me if I am wrong..........Tony

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Post  piston 197 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:08 pm

Yes you are right the Plover 78 with the villiers engine was replaced by the plover 86 in 1959, the last 78's were 1959 models made between sept 58 and August 1959 ( 1959 models) with frame No pre-fixed "A" the first Plover 86's were issued from Sept 1959 and were 1960 year models frame No pre-fixed "B" until sept 1960
The confusion arises as the model year ran from Sept to August not January to december ,
so your "A" pre-fixed frame is a Plover 78 model year 1959 made between sept 1958 and August 1959 and should have a Villiers 30c 147cc engine with a pre-fixed number beginning 295B******
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Post  smudge384 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:00 pm

Hi John, thanks for that, very interesting. however my plover 78 has the frame number Z, so does that still make it a '59 model ?..............Tony

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Post  piston 197 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:01 pm

No a 1958 year model with a "Z" pre-fix (made between sept 1957 and August 1958) if it was a 1959 model it would have an "A" prefix
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