1963 Royal Enfield 499cc Fury
Lot 355
1963 Royal Enfield 499cc Fury
£2,800 - 3,500
US$ 4,700 - 5,900
Lot Details
1963 Royal Enfield 499cc Fury
Frame no. 16312
Engine no. 3533
With the introduction of the Fury in 1959, Royal Enfield at last had a 500cc sports single to take on BSA’s Gold Star and Velocette’s Venom, though sadly for UK enthusiasts it was for the US export market only. Based on the latest, ‘big head’ Bullet, the Fury came with a tuned engine incorporating an enlarged inlet port, raised compression ratio and lighter flywheels for a claimed maximum power output of 40bhp. An Amal GP carburettor was standard equipment, though hardly ideal for the bike’s intended off-road role because of its lack of ‘tick over’, and the Fury was available with or without lights. A total of 191 Furies was made between 1959 and 1963; this example being one despatched to Cooper Motors, Los Angeles, Enfield’s biggest US distributor. The machine was supplied with lights, as most were, but was in its current, competition specification when re-imported into the UK around 20 years ago, since when it has formed part of a private collection and been used only for shows and parades. Unrestored, the machine retains its original Chinese Red livery and has been fitted with a later Amal Concentric carburettor, a most practical modification. An example of one of the rarest and most desirable of post-war Royal Enfield’s, the machine is offered with REOC dating certificate.
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