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1955 Excelsior Talisman 250cc


• Lovely original condition
• A great usable classic
• Mot & road tax exempt


Excelsior didn’t make that many bikes, but those that they did make were regarded as well built and smooth running. 

They achieved considerable success with the 250cc Talisman Twin, a mid-sized lightweight machine that used their own engines and came in various model variants through the production years from 1949 to 1964.  

This model is fitted with the twin carburettor and twin exhausts.


First registered in 1955 this Talisman Sport Twin has only had a few owners and is presented in superb original condition having recently had a fair amount of restoration to bring it up to the condition it is in now.

Regrettably there is no history on paper or known about the bike, which was bought only last year by the present owner as a light project to restore during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

When he bought the bike it had just been completely restored, having been effectively taken apart right down to the frame, cleaned and re-painted and re-built. The engine, gearbox, brakes, suspension and frame had all been repainted or polished using all the original parts to keep it as authentic as possible.

The speedometer has been reset to zero at some point in its history and no assumptions can be made on what the mileage should really be.

Having done some further light restoration and fully serviced the bike, it is now ready to ride.


The bike comes with the V5 showing four previous owners and the original log book showing the first registration in 1955.

It is registered as a Historic Vehicle and thus requires no MOT or Road Tax.

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It’s in really nice original condition all round. Repainted in gold with red pin-striping and with a red frame, shock absorbers and twin seat, it is every inch a sight to behold.

The engine cases have been highly polished and it’s only the odd nut and bolt here and there that shows any signs of age or rust.

There is a scratch on the rear number plate and the left-hand front fork leg and the speedometer housing is a bit pitted but these are really the only sign of its age and would definitely be considered acceptable patina for a bike this old.


The engine, brakes and suspension have all been rebuilt recently and the bike is now fully serviced and ready for the road.

The electrics look in very nice condition and it would appear that most of the operating cables have also been replaced.

It starts and runs well and has recently had a new battery fitted

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So here we have a bike that is over sixty-five years of age that certainly doesn’t look like it’s ready for retirement. 

The whole bike is original and in great condition so if you’ve always fancied an Excelsior Sport Talisman Twin this would be the one to go for.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1955
  • Make Excelsior
  • Model Sport Talisman Twin
  • Colour Gold & Red
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 250
  • Location Warwickshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
17 bids
  • America•••• £2,300 26/10/21
  • muhamma•••• £2,200 26/10/21
  • America•••• £2,100 26/10/21
  • muhamma•••• £2,000 25/10/21
  • Garratt £1,850 23/10/21
  • david-j•••• £1,750 23/10/21
  • Garratt £1,600 23/10/21
  • david-j•••• £1,500 23/10/21
  • Garratt £1,200 23/10/21
  • david-j•••• £1,100 22/10/21

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