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C.1939 RUDGE-WHITWORTH 499CC 'ULSTER' (LOT 331) SOLD by Auction

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  • £7,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1939
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Price £7,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Rudge
Model 'ULSTER'
Year 1939
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1247789
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA

Rudge were early adopters of technology, and were one of the first to provide a four-speed gearbox, four-valve cylinder heads, and interconnected brakes, not to mention the lever-operated centre stand. The sports model was the 499cc Ulster, so named following the firm's win in the Ulster Grand prix in 1928. From 1934 the Rudge Ulster was equipped with an aluminium bronze four valve cylinder head. 'AMJ 473' was purchased by the deceased owner in 1987. He was not impressed by the quality of assembly, and therefore decided to give the bike to a professional restorer to correct the inadequacies of the previous owner. Accordingly, it was placed with Robin James of Leominster. There followed a period of work and, after exchanges of invoices and letters detailing progress, the work ended in 1988. We are not aware of whether the Rudge was ever used on the road after this time, and it has been dry garage-stored and not used since approximately 1988. The engine number on the documentation does not match that on the engine, indicating that the engine, or crankcases, have been changed. A crankcase half, numbered U1504, accompanies the machine. Requiring thorough safety checks and re-commissioning, the Rudge is sold strictly as viewed. Prospective bidders should satisfy themselves as to the vintage, suitability, and compatibility of its components prior to bidding. Documentation comprises a current V5C, an old V5C, the aforementioned correspondence/invoices, Rudge Enthusiasts Journals, plus sundry papers. The machine is presently on SORN.

£7,000 - 9,000
€7,800 - 10,000
To be sold without reserve

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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