1926 Raleigh 349cc Model 16
Registration no. FP 1793
Britains best-known and longest-lived bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from 1899 to 1905 and from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. During the 1920s the Raleigh range expanded to include machines of a wide variety of capacities, both sidevalve and overhead-valve engined, ranging from a 175cc unit-construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin. One of the mainstays of the Raleigh line-up was the 350cc, 2.75hp sidevalve, a compact lightweight that, while not devastatingly fast flat out, accelerated smartly and handled well by the standards of its day.
The vendor purchased this vintage Raleigh from a friend in Henley-on-Thames in the 1970s and advises us that the tank has been professionally re-sprayed, the seat re-covered and new tyres fitted. The machine is offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5.
- There is no V5 for this lot. However there is a DoT letter dated July 1984 confirming the registration number is attributable to this machine.