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RFH Classics Ltd

Unit 5 Manor Farm, Meppershall Rd, Upper Stondon, Henlow, Beds

SG16 6LJ

1949 Sunbeam S8 500cc Direct Drive For Sale

This is my own personal Sunbeam S8 and it has been dry stored for the at least the past 10 years of my ownership. It has regularly been started and has good compression, if you are planning to use the bike on a regular basis it may well benefit from a full service prior to this. The bike has matching numbers to the V5 and formed part of my private collection of historic bikes that have been on show in my classic car showroom. MOT & Tax Exempt. I purchased the bike 10+ yrs ago because it was such a lovely example of a British bike that had been the subject of a restoration in 1995 by a local motor engineer, David Watts in Shefford. David was an old school motor engineer who if he couldn't find a part then he was able to make it, the restoration took him around 4 years to complete to the standard seen here and since then it has been ridden for around 300 miles. The bike has the old style buff log book as well as the modern V5 along with other paperwork relating to the bike. Viewing essential, you won't be disappointed.

The Sunbeam S8 is a British motorcycles designed by Erling Poppe with styling loosely based on the BMW R75 designs that were acquired as war reparations by BSA (full rights to the Sunbeam brand had been acquired from AMC in 1943). Built in Redditch, the unusual engine layout was similar to that of a car. The engine was a longitudinally mounted inline vertical OHC 500 cc twin based on an experimental 1932 BSA design (the Line-Ahead-Twin - LAT) with coil ignition and wet sump lubrication which, through a dry clutch, drove a shaft drive to the rear wheel. The inline engine made this technologically feasible—horizontally-opposed ("flat") twin engines on BMW motorcycles had already used shaft drives following the system employed by Nimbus in 1918.

Due to the nature and age the bikes we are unable to offer warranties on this. All motorcycles registered before 1978 do not need an MOT test so we welcome you to have an independent inspection of the bike to satisfy yourself as to its roadworthiness, if required. Clear of Finance and Insurance Damage, certificate supplied. Please bring your Driving Licence when test driving a vehicle. Viewings by Appointment please, call us on the details below to book an appointment. After Hours up to 9 pm, Call the details below.

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