1924 Raleigh 798cc Model 13 Combination
Registration no. AT 9619
Frame no. 749
Engine no. V1039
For the 1924 season Raleigh offered the 7hp Model 13 as part of a range of five models. The lusty V-twin engine displaced 798cc and in combination form, with their own sidecar, Raleighs 7hp model sold for £95. Raleigh had been pioneers in motorcycle manufacture, commencing as early as 1899, although production ceased in 1906 before commencing again after The Great War. Like so many other contemporary manufacturers, the Nottingham-based company recognised the value of high profile competition successes with the likes of Tom Bullus, Jock Duncan and Arthur Tyler, in the marketing of their range of motorcycles, chief designer in the 1920s, D R ODonavan, incorporating race-bred design features in the production models. Although the 798cc Model 13 reflected little of that race breeding, it nevertheless reflected the inherent quality of all Raleigh motorcycles, the slogging side-valve engine proving durable and highly reliable and lending itself in period almost exclusively to sidecar use.
This machine was acquired for the Balmforth Collection from a friend as a part-finished restoration project. The work was completed in-house and, using the original chassis, the sidecar body was built from detailed plans which were sourced.
The outfit was first registered in Hull and has we believe therefore stayed in the immediate locality from new. It is attractively finished in traditional Raleigh black livery with red and gold lining and gold lettering. It is comprehensively equipped with a Miller acetylene headlamp, Powell & Hanmer rear lamp, a Pickavant acetylene generator and a Lucas bulb horn. The single seat sidecar with practical small boot is furnished with buttoned red upholstery and carries its own sidecar sidelamp and generator.
This rare and very attractive combination has been actively used, as evidenced by old tax discs and MoT certificates (the last to June 2008) offered with the bike. It comes also with a copy of an old sales brochure and a Raleigh handbook, a Swansea document and SORN record to end of May 2009. It should be noted that the engine number per the V5C document reads 733, suggesting an engine change at some time during the life of the machine. The frame number stamped on the bike could not be clearly read although does include the number 74.