1929 Sunbeam Model 90, 493 cc. Registration number BF 8652 (non-transferrable). Frame number E5808. Engine number N3690.
In 1912, John Marston set out to make a 'Gentleman's Motor Cycle' and the Sunbeam was certainly that, being dubbed 'The Rolls-Royce of Motor Cycles' before WW1. However, the use of Sunbeams in competition was always encouraged by the works and, in the hands of riders such as George Dance, Tommy de la Hay and Alec Bennett, the marque scored hundreds of convincing successes in speed events. In the mid twenties, the Dance-inspired and tuned lightweight OHV models were astonishingly successful and almost unbeatable in sprints and hillclimbs.
When, at the behest of the Sunbeam Competition Department, much advanced gas-flow development was done by Harry Weslake on the beautifully-made pushrod engine, the resulting Model 90' overhead-valve models found the power and stamina to win race after race, with T.T. success with Charlie Dodson in 1928 and 1929, and a near miss in 1930, where gearbox design had fallen behind that of their rivals'.
After that, amongst the debt crisis so prominent during the economic collapse of the '30s, Sunbeam continued to produce road machines of high quality and the Model 90 in road and race versions for the wealthy and fortunate few, though only as 'works-supported' rather than the former 'Works' machines when specified for competition use.
BV was purchased by our vendors father, Spike Holman, c 2000 in East Sussex as an almost complete project, see photographs on file, he was serial restorer of vintage machinery, including the AJS Model S2 in this auction. The full restoration was undertaken over several years; in 2006 the forks were refurbished by Chris Odling of Oban, with a Bentley & Draper damper set, new springs and a top yoke spindle tube. By March 2018 he had obtained a dating certificate and the machine was registered with DVLA in the June.
Unused since completion, the engine has no fluids in it and commissioning will be required, along with final adjustments. Sold with the V5C, dating certificate, pre restoration photographs and several books on the marque.
A late 1980s Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi System to include a Beogram 5500 turntable (missing stylus), a Beogram CD50 player, a Beocord 5500 cassette deck, and a Beomaster 5500 amplifier, complete with remote, owners manuals, ariel, and leads, together with pair of late 1980s Beolab Penta free standing AC powered Hi-Fi speakers, model number DK-7600 Struer, with owners manual, 165cm tall, 22cm wide. (2)
PLEASE NOTE there is no stylus with the turntable and that the speaker cables need replacing
1998 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera, 3,400cc. Registration number R579 VSE. Chassis number WPOZZZ99ZWS607204. Engine number 66W12241.
Asked to nominate his favourite generation of Porsche 911 during its 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2013, racing driver and journalist Tiff Needell chose the 996 commenting: "This was the model that brought the 911 into the modern world. We finally got rid of the VW pedals and had a chassis that handled in a much more progressive and controllable manner. Not a convert before, completely converted after!" Traditionalists may have decried the 996's water-cooled engine and shared Boxster componentry, however, the newcomer's use of a brand-new platform (the 911's first since 1963) meant that it was notably lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamic than its 993 predecessor. Equipped with four-valve cylinder heads, the 996's 3.4 litre engine developed 296bhp and 258lbft (outputs comparable to those of the 993 Carrera RS's 3.8 litre unit). Allied to either six-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic transmission, the free-revving flat six enabled the 2+2-seater to sprint to 60mph in 5 seconds and onto 174mph. More ergonomically laid-out and spacious than that of any previous 911, the 996's cabin also boasted a far better HVAC system. Early 3.4 litre 996 cars are increasingly sought after because of their stronger dual row IMS bearings and mechanical throttles.
VSE in Artic Silver with Cinnamon leather interior is a six speed manual with sunroof and a long list of optional extras when ordered new. These include the sports package, traction control, LSD, sports seat left bare, 18" Techno wheels, cruise control with 6 CD autochanger and air conditioning.
Ordered new by George Clarke of Aberdeen there are 17 stamps in the service book, mainly with Porsche dealers or specialists, the last at 135,985 miles in June 2020, there are three brake fluid stamps, the last at 135,985 miles.
There is a large service history folder and MOT history, in 2009 it was purchased by long term owner, Roger Hewitt with a mileage of 64,310 and regularly serviced including a borescope inspection of the cylinders in 2018, in 2019 he spent £2,900 on new manifolds, exhaust and catalytic converters, as well as the coil packs. In June 2020 he sold it on to a dealer who serviced it at 135,985 miles and replaced the air conditioning radiators, a week later our vendor purchased it and replaced the battery and rear tyres. Today the mileage is at 137,845 miles.
Being sold as the owner has a new business venture, it must be noted that there is an issue with the coolant, hence the low auction estimate.
Sold with the V5C, MOT until August 2021, MOT history, service history, receipt folder, one key, and Porsche manuals.
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster, 1776 cc. Registration number WXG 903 (non transferable). Chassis number TRD 1170. Engine number TRD 1170.
1970/2009 Triton 750cc. Registration number LFE 470H. Frame number P148134. Engine number T140V DX06879.
A happy marriage of Triumph power and Norton roadholding, courtesy of the latter's peerless Featherbed frame, the Triton is rightly regarded by enthusiasts as the quintessential British sports special. This hybrid first emerged in the 1950s and continues to be built by professionals and amateurs alike, enjoying marque status today. One of the first specials-builders to put the Triton into what might be termed 'limited production' was Dave Degens, proprietor of Dresda Autos. Riding one of his own Dresda Tritons, Degens won the prestigious Barcelona 24-Hour Endurance Race in 1965, defeating many works-entered bikes in the process, and went on to develop his own Featherbed-derived frame to take power units other than the original Triumph. The T140 750 cc was the second generation in the Bonneville series developed from the earlier 650 cc T120 Bonneville and was produced by Triumph in a number of versions, including limited editions, from 1973 until 1983 when the company was declared bankrupt. Licensed production of the T140 Bonneville was continued by Les Harris between 1985 and 1988 at Newton Abbot in Devon, these machines became known as 'Harris' or 'Devon' Bonnevilles.
LFE sports a Triumph Bonneville T140 engine from 1978, mated to a Norton Model 99 Wideline Featherbed frame from 1959. The DVLA V5 has a declared manufactured date of 1970, on file is a report on the 1985 MCN Classic show where the then owner, Dave Waring, won Best Triton from a field of 26 machines. In 1992 it was acquired by Michael Steer of Rotherham, he is believed to have raced it at this time. The 2000 MOT states a mileage of 20,353, which remained the same over the following two years.
In 2002 he sold it to our vendor who upgraded to what you see today. In 2009 a full engine rebuild by Nova Classics took place and a phosphor swinging arm, belt drive, electronic ignition, hand made tanks and Laverda running gear was used.
Basically unused since the build, it is sold with the V5C, V5, old MOT's, photographs, MCM report and receipts for the engine build.
An impressive Symphonia longcase mahogany clock, c.1897, the 9" silvered dial with Arabic numerals, the movement by Lenzkirch, numbered 849209, pendulum, the trunk opening to reveal a double comb polyphon mechanism, numbered 113244, playing 34 cm discs, the base with compartment for spare discs, lead weight, 220 cm.
An Art Deco French platinum single stone diamond ring, claw set with an old brilliant cut stone, calculated to weigh 2.7 cts (spreads 3.5 cts), colour estimate K/L, clarity estimate Si1, baguette diamond shoulders, weight 5 gms, size K 1/2.
An 18ct gold keyless wind open face pocket watch, by Menroah Rhodes & Sons, Bradford, London 1915, the white enamel two part dial with black Arabic numerals, signed, the movement signed and numbered 49862, dust cover, diameter 50 mm, gross weight 109 gms, monogram WCB, watch makers paper slip 'Mr Beaver, April 1915', case.
A good late 19th century American white painted cast iron Clam Shell Mutoscope, c.1890, by the American Mutoscope Company, New York, in ornate, surmounted by a later rectangular sign board advertising "Real Motion Pictures" - "Pride of Paris", showing a 1948 World Fly weight boxing bout between Rinty Monaghan Vs Jackie Patterson.
The Irish Monaghan beat the tough Scot on March 23, 1948, to win the undisputed crown.
A Georgian Military rosewood and brass inlaid writing box, c.1830, the hinged lid with Thompson patent lock, stamped Crowned GR twice, opening to reveal another hinged lid that has two brass risers enabling it to be used as a bookstand, opening to reveal a leather covered slope and fitted interior, opening to reveal a secret layer of drawers, 51 x 31 x 21 cm.