1930 Styl'son 350cc Blackburne
Engine no. CS1639
According to one Gallic authority, 'In spite of its British-styled name, the Styl'son is genuinely French'. In one respect this is correct since the Styl'son was made from 1919 in Adsim le Chambon, St. Etienne, in the Loire, which is often referred to as the Birmingham of France. However, in another respect this is perhaps incorrect since the spirit within the machine very much stemmed from over the Channel. What was noticeable about the firm, in contrast to France's more 'bread and butter' makes, was their insistence on using the best components hand-built with real flair in their mostly sporting ranges, which were often headed by 1,000cc JAP v-twin examples. The company's strong interest in the competitive use of their machines cultivated a great reputation for their excellence, and, nowadays, they are highly-prized motorcycles. Unfortunately, this level of selectivity also brought about their inevitable downfall in the depression of the 1930s. The firm might well be compared to Montgomery in the UK. The Styl'son offered here is fitted with the sporting, dry-sump Blackburne overhead-valve motor, which is used by relatively few makers. Coupled with a hand-change 'box, the sturdy but lightweight frame is typical of the best British vintage practice. Bought from a Barcelona 'garage-sale', this machine appears to be complete, original and undamaged. This Styl'son needs some restoration work, re-commissioning and a replacement silencer, but is believed to be in very sound condition and comes complete with the optional carrier, tool-bags and Novi headlight. There are no documents with this sporting and rare machine.
- The frame number for this lot should read 224.