1935 Rudge 250cc Sports
Frame no. 47292
Engine no. 86
It is sometimes forgotten that in the 1930s 20+ plus British manufacturers made 250cc machines. These smaller capacity models were often produced with just as sophisticated a specification as contemporary 350s and 500s. Along with Excelsior, New Imperial, and Velocette, Rudge were perceived as performance leaders in the quarter liter category, each brand the epitome of Racing-Improves-the-Breed!
It was nevertheless a time of economic depression; motorcycle sales were sluggish, profit margins were tight, and every factory offered at least one economy model. Rudge, though, which had arguably peaked in late 1929, considered racing an important sideline, and were still competitive in the Isle of Man 250 TT, achieving a fine 1-2-3 in 1934, and had three in the top six in 1935. The Coventry based concern were in fact renowned for innovation, inasmuch their 4-valve cylinder heads, and linked braking system, were typical features of this era. Likewise, in pioneer days, their famous Multi had been greatly admired. In 1931 however their worsening financial situation saw them begin the supply of engines, branded as Python, to a number of rival firms including Vincent-HRD, proof if you like of the respect with which Rudge products were regarded.
Purchased by the vendor in 2007, it has been on static display in a private museum since acquisition.
- This machine is mechanically incomplete. We recommend careful inspection prior to bidding.
Title in transit.