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C.1920 RUDGE 499CC MULTI TT MODEL (LOT 352) SOLD by Auction

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  • £9,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1920
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Price £9,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Rudge
Year 1920
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1247838
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

FRAME NO. 780466
ENGINE NO. 21683
The Rudge Company was merged with the Whitworth Cycle Company to form Rudge Whitworth in Coventry around 1895. In 1910 they designed their first motorcycle, and from this point onward, they were always at the forefront of innovations in motorcycle development. From the first, they adopted state-of-the-art ideas such as the inlet-over-exhaust design for cylinder heads. They followed with the Rudge-Multi variable gear, and, only three years after making their first motorcycle, won the Senior Isle of Man TT in 1914. They were early adopters of technology, and later 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. After the First World War in 1919, when production was returning to normal, the TT model was equipped with the 'low' frame as seen on this example. 'SV 5242' was acquired by the vendor in 2014 in the present condition, forming part of a small collection. The machine has not been used on the road in the present ownership, although the vendor has stripped, cleaned, and reassembled the clutch. The bike has been dry-stored and the engine run occasionally (the last time being June 2019). Documentation comprises a current V5C, an old-type V5, a photocopy 'Repairs & Spares' publication, together with a photocopy 'Rudge Wrinkles'. Presently on SORN, the bike will need basic safety checks prior to use on the road by a new owner.

£9,000 - 12,000
€10,000 - 13,000

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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