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1948 ONE OFF EXCELSIOR 250 MANXMAN with TT PROVENANCE For Sale

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  • £29,995 As stated
  • 1948
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Price £29,995 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Motorcycles
Make Excelsior
Model Manxman
Year 1948
Country UK
Region Hampshire
Telephone 07931 797059
Status Trade
Date 02-Aug-2020
Ref C1252221
c.1936/48 Excelsior 250cc Manxman Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 491
Engine no. BRAR101.

This majestic machine has been in the hands of a private collector since last sold in 2004 and has recently been aquired by us through private treaty. We have overhauled the engine and it is now in very good running order. When she was first started after so many years lying dormant was a real spine tingling moment and she ran beautifully with an awesome sound bellowing from the exhuast. This is a real one off machine surely a must for any collector of classic racing machinery. A pic of Jack Sparrow with this machine can be found on the digido website by a simple search. Please call for further information or to arrange to view.

The machine's engine dates from around 1936 and may have been used by H G Tyrell Smith in the Isle of Man Lightweight TT in 1936, when the works Excelsior rider finished in second place. The current aluminium-alloy frame is the work of renowned frame-maker and advocate of leading-link front suspension, Ernie Earles, and is believed to have been fitted around 1948 when the machine was owned by Jack Sparrow. At around the same time, Sparrow fitted BSA telescopic forks and a Norton front hub. Equipped with engine modifications - possibly the work of Doug Beasley - the machine was ridden by Sparrow in the Isle of Man TT. Records show that Sparrow rode an Excelsior in the Lightweight 250 TT in 1951, '52, '53 and '54, his best result being 15th place in 1951. The machine was subsequently ridden to victory by Bill Smith in the 1956 Southern 100 250cc race in the Isle of Man.
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