1937 Rudge 250
Registration no. BV 8332
Frame no. 62538
Engine no. A1434
In 1937, the Rudge range was already being trimmed back, with only one 250 listed, the Rapid. In common with other British engineering concerns, the gathering clouds of war had hastened a move to more strategic work and motorcycles were being sidelined. A Rapid, catalogued at £49-0-0, was a sporty machine with a faithful following then, as now, and remained in production until the effective end of Rudge in 1940.
BV 8332 is an un-finished work in progress, for sale as part of a deceased estate. The owner, a Rudge enthusiast, had restored and painted many components and these include the frame, forks, oil-tank, mudguards and tool-box, the correct headlight and other components assembled as a unit, with the front and rear wheels restored but separate. Other restored or part-restored items include tank, crankcase, chain-cases, head, barrel and engine internals, together with small parts. The Rudge is sold strictly as viewed and buyers should satisfy themselves as to the exact specification and completeness of the lot, since the specification may change as more parts are discovered. BV 8332 has a V5 for its Blackburn number as well as other papers and the completion of the rebuild should be straightforward, with aid and parts available from the well-known sources.
- There is a V5, RF.60 log-book and a large document file with this machine. The spares for this machine are on view in the Automobilia Section.