1929 Rudge 499cc 'Special' with Monza sidecar
Registration no. YV 3082
Frame no. 27864
Engine no. 50271
Rudge-Whitworth introduced their new saddle-tank range in 1928 for the 1929 season and the range immediately proved popular amongst the buying public, publicized by the factory's successful racing programme, headed by ex-Sunbeam ace Graham Walker. The 'Special' a title often misunderstood today, but which, at Rudge, emphatically meant a 'factory' bike was a sporting '500' with the advanced features of a four-valve cylinder-head and large, coupled brakes, two ideas which Rudge were to make their own. The mid-range 'Special' solo, priced at £55.0.0, between the 'Standard' and the 'Sports', provided excellent performance with almost 80 mph on tap and the typical Rudge quality and robustness.
This excellent example was restored by its late enthusiast owner a few years ago, after which he fitted a modern, modified, Watsonian 'Monza' sidecar. Whilst some might find this a slightly anachronistic choice, this chair, with its full weather equipment, does provide comfort for any passenger who does not prefer the Spartan ride of a vintage one. Certainly, the owner was full of praise for it. Last taxed in 2009, the 'Special' outfit remains in excellent condition. It has a V5 for its London number and a large rebuild file and appears absolutely ready to go for the coming season.
- The spares for this machine are on view in the Automobilia Section.