1922 Beardmore Precision 500 - Incomplete
Lot 27
1922 Beardmore Precision 500cc Frame no. 772 Engine no. 475
Sold for £5,175 (US$ 8,039) inc. premium

Lot Details
1922 Beardmore Precision 500 - Incomplete
1922 Beardmore Precision 500cc
Registration no. BS 9440
Frame no. 772
Engine no. 475
At one time F E Baker's Birmingham-based Precision company rivalled JAP as a supplier of engines to Britain's motorcycle manufacturers. The first Precision engine went on sale in 1910, but it was not until after WWI that the firm got around to building a complete motorcycle. Launched as the 'Beardmore Precision' - the Scottish Beardmore engineering group having gained control of Baker's company - that first machine was a 350cc two-stroke featuring leaf-sprung suspension front and rear. The range expanded to include sidevalve models of various capacities, a Barr & Stroud sleeve valve-engined 350, and overhead-valve and overhead-cam works racers. Although production models gained an enviable reputation in the trials events of their day, the racers faired disastrously at the 1924 TT, the debacle prompting Beardmore to close the ailing firm. A unitary construction engine, leaf-sprung front suspension and fuel-tank integral with the frame structure are among this rare Beardmore Precision's unusual features. The machine was first registered in the UK on 25th April 1923 as a motorcycle combination and comes with UK 'Certificate of Permanent Export' issued in 2005. Restored by the vendor's father-in-law, Vicente Sevilla, it is offered in need of completion, a number of parts being missing, including the carburettor and handlebar grips.
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