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Greetings all from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. I have recently started collecting and restoring Villiers engines. It all started when I was given a Mark 12-1 Villiers and stripped it down, checked and replaced what was needed and cleaned it up and repainted it. Ouch! I was bitten. Damn big bug that one. That was early July 09 and now I have 5 different types and looking for more. I have completed 2 thus far. Can anyone tell me how collectable these Villiers are? Am I just really wasting my time, as someone told me recently. It is an interesting past-time if nothing else. What say you?
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Hi Mike,
Thanks for that thought. It is somewhat the way that I see it also. Villiers engines were very popular, and commonly used when I was kid.(about 1/2 million years ago).
For an engine that was so common, there aren't so many around now it seems, and finding information and parts for them is just as difficult. As for the number of people that have them, that number seems small also. People that I have spoken to about Villiers, here in Australia, seem to think that if it isn't a big Ransomes or the like, it isn't worth restoring and collecting. Maybe I am starting a new trend. You never can tell. Thanks, regards John T.
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