1923 Bradbury Racing Model, 348cc. Registration number SV 86...



£9000 - £12000


1923 Bradbury Racing Model, 348cc. Registration number SV 8652. Frame number TT23/1. Engine number (Blackburn) CG914. Gearbox number 48802.
Oldham sewing machine manufacturer Bradburys branched out in motorcycle production in 1898, between 1904 and 1906 they produced tricars with various bodies. By 1905 a range of motorcycles were produced between 4 and 6hp using different engine suppliers such as Clement-Gerrard and Blackburne.
In 1909 they standardised on a 3.5hp and in 1914 a 6hp V twin was introduced, remaining in production after WWI. By 1920 they had three models a 2.75 and 4hp singles as well as a 6hp V twin and in 1924 a racing model was introduced fitted with a 348cc Blackburne engine. Production ceased in early 1924 but the stock was bought by former employee Percy Platt who sold spares and new machines in Oldham for several years. In 1929 the old works were bought by the New Henley company, who collapsed in 1931.
This machine was registered with DVLA in 2000, stating its manufacture to be 1923. Our vendor bought it in 2007 and has created replica of the proposed 1923/4 2 3/4hp race bike using a period correct OHV Blackburne engine and frame, the petrol tank has been replaced with a new hand made example (the original will be included with the machine). The engine and gearbox were rebuilt by Ian Jennings at a cost of £662 and the carb overhauled, all parts were restored and different wheels were used instead of the period correct bead edge ones as he wanted to race it. In 2009 he rode it at the Djon Historic Meet, it has been to many tracks over the following years but it is now time for a new custodian.
Sold with the V5C, receipts for works on the engine and carb, various paperwork relating to the Bradbury Race Model, and an old tank.

Auction Date: 26th Mar 2022 at 1:30pm

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