1910 Bradbury 3 1/2hp 517cc
Lot 344
1910 Bradbury 3 1/2hp 517cc
Sold for £7,130 (US$ 10,955) inc. premium

Lot Details
1910 Bradbury 3 1/2hp 517cc 1910 Bradbury 3 1/2hp 517cc
1910 Bradbury 3 1/2hp 517cc
Registration no. HF 586
Frame no. 3241
Engine no. 2268
The Oldham firm which built the Bradbury had dabbled in the manufacture of machine tools, sewing machines and cycles before turning to motorcycle manufacture as early as 1902. That they were successful from the outset is evidenced by their winning the S.F. Edge Cup in 1903 after no less than five re-runs over a 200 mile non-stop trial. This 1910 Bradbury, with the then unique feature of the crankcase forming part of the frame, was noted for its lusty pulling power. Bradbury machines were successfully used for trials, hill climbs and endurance runs until motorcycle manufacture ceased in 1925.

The 3 1/2hp model retailed at just £46 and had a maximum speed of 45mph. This example left the Wellington Street factory towards the middle of 1910 and went straight to a dealer in the West Kirby area of Cheshire. By 1912 it had already had two owners, the latter of which rode it occasionally until just after World War I when a difference of opinion with his pillion-riding wife banished it to the bakery cellar where it languished covered in coke for about 35 years. In post-war years it was put back into working order and raced up and down Hoylake Sands at weekends. It was then acquired by a London collector who sold it in 1956, at which time a full restoration was undertaken over three years. By December 1959 this historic Bradbury had joined the Montagu Motor Museum Collection under the guidance of Motorcycle Curator, Graham Walker. It is now offered on the open market for the first time in 45 years. This single-speed machine is belt-driven with pedal assistance and cosmetically is in generally good order with nickel-plated fittings and an enviable patina. It comes with a Swansea V5 registration document. Following a long period of museum display it will require the usual careful recommissioning. An eminently suitable machine for a relatively quick ride from Epsom to Brighton on the Sunbeam MCC’s prestigious Pioneer Run.
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