1928 Sunbeam Model 8, 350 cc. Registration number PP 7991. Frame number C1391. Engine number 273/23250.
Sunbeam had begun experimenting with overhead valves on their factory racers in the early 1920s and these duly appeared on production models in 1924. The new 500 roadster was known as the Model 9 while its race bike counterpart, which could top 90mph, was accordingly designated the Model 90. The 350cc versions were the Model 8 and Model 80 respectively. The John Greenwood design was advanced for its day, with a specification which included a crankshaft supported by three ball-bearings, dry-sump lubrication, and primary drive enclosed in a cast alloy chain case. Power was transmitted by single-row chain to a three-speed, 'cross-over drive' gearbox with offside power takeoff.
The overhead-valve models' frame and cycle parts, which had much in common with those of Sunbeam's larger side-valve models, evolved slowly. Sunbeam missed the industry's virtually wholesale switch from flat-tank to saddle-tank frames for the 1928 season, and a saddle-tank version of the Models 8 and 9 did not appear until September of that year. Changes to the overhead-valve engine were confined mainly to its top-end. The early flat-tankers featured a straight-ahead exhaust port, a peculiarity which necessitated the adoption of a bifurcated down-tube. Later on in the 1920s Sunbeam followed the then-fashionable trend to twin-port 'heads before reverting to a single-port design. M9's didn’t get the two port head until 1929, single port heads were an option right through to 1931, then it was two-port only through to 1935. Pushrod enclosure had arrived by 1930 to be followed a couple of years later by partial enclosure of the rocker gear.
PP is a late flat tank example before the change to saddle tank and has Model 1 crank cases fitted. Registered with the DVLA in 1978, it was owned by Ian Young of Gloucester in 2012 before selling it to our vendors father in 2013.
An older restoration it is presented in oily rag condition.
Sold with the V5C.
Please note that this Sunbeam was sold by Bonhams in April 2012 http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19766/lot/325/
A George III rosewood and boxwood strung side table, with two frieze drawers, lyre shaped supports with stretcher between, brass castors, 76 x 44 x 72 cm.
A Thoren's Art Deco electroplated combination watch/lighter, USA and British patents, c.1920, Brevette 81816, 5 x 3 cm.
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.
Cherished registration number W22 WOW, on retention, buyer to pay the transfer fees.
A Wedgwood porcelain Fairyland Lustre bowl, designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones, of circular form, decorated with the Leapfrogging Elves pattern against a black lustre ground, the interior with more elves against a green iridescent ground, printed gold Portland Vase mark, 14 cm diameter.
1983 Mercedes Benz 380 SL R107, 3839cc. Registration number TDA 404Y. Chassis number 107 04522024643. Engine number 1169622015004.
1982 Moto Villa Everest 348, 310cc. Registration number GKR 491Y. Frame number FV 348 * 0602 * DGM 18470 0M. Engine number FV 348E 517.
Brothers Francesco and Walter Villa began building their own machines in the mid-1960s. Walter raced Villa bikes before his rise to stardom and three consecutive 250-class World Championships for Harley-Davidson between 1974 and '76, to which he added one in the 350 class. Manufactured up to 1988, the firm's lightweight roadsters used proprietary engines, while its successful moto-cross and enduro models used motors of Villa's own design.
The Everest 348 was introduced at the 1977 Milan Bike Show ad initially looked very similar to the all conquering Montessa Cota 348. Suspension came from the Spanish firm Betor, the same as the Bultaco Sherpa, the handlebar and rims were Akront and the brakes Grimeca, other parts came from Germany and it was shod with Dunlops. The engine used a 28mm Bing carburettor.
GKR, a 1982 example, was entered into the 1983 Scottish Six Day Trial as part of a two bike team, as number 106, ridden by Rob Smith, he received a Second Class award; the other machine, ridden by B. Giles, number 260, retired. They had been imported by Peter (Piero) de Pasquale from Ashford who had been to the factory and bought three off road bikes and then converted two of them for the Scottish by lightening them. He has been in contact with the cataloguer and still has many spares that may be available should the next custodian be interested in competing again. The intention was to set up a dealership with the factory but they went into administration shortly afterwards. Both machines had few competition entries post the SSDT, mainly local events.
Peter then sold it to Daniel Lewis, again in Kent in 2005, the following year it went to Alan Gould of Tredegar in Wales and out vendor bought it in 2007, storing it in his dry garage.
It was last taxed on the roads in 1983 and the current odometer reading is at 74 miles, one presumes that it was refreshed at this time and fundamentally unused since.
Recently recommissioned the next custodian would be advised to complete their own safety checks before entering this historic machine into future events.
Sold with the V5C and various paperwork.
A enamel B.R. N.E. 'P. Way Inspectors' door sign, 15 x 46 cm.
A Victorian rose gold and diamond navette cluster ring, claw set with old cut stones, total weight approximately 2.25 cts, size N 1/2, weight 4.5 gms.