Property of a deceased's estate
c.1922 NUT 498cc
Registration no. DS 7081
Frame no. P5
Engine no. BTC/E 5322/FP
Taking its initials from its Newcastle-upon-Tyne birthplace, the NUT was the brainchild of engineer Hugh Mason, who had had several machines built under other names before settling on NUT in 1912. Manufactured by Angus, Sanderson & Company, the NUT was a stylish sports machine, almost always v-twin powered and easily distinguishable by its cylindrical fuel tank retained by two-nickel-plated bands. Mason's victory aboard a JAP-engined NUT in the 1913 Isle of Man Junior TT (the marque's solitary TT win) led to increased demand and an expansion of production on a new site before WWI intervened. The company underwent a succession of financial reorganisations and relocations in the 1920s, its range continuing to consist mainly of JAP v-twin powered machines of various sizes before NUT's own 698cc v-twin engine arrived in 1924. Sadly, NUT succumbed to the Depression of the early 1930s, closing in 1933.
Finished in the brown livery characteristic of the marque, this desirable NUT v-twin was discovered in a shed in the North East of England circa 1960 by the immediately preceding owner, Mr Peter Sparkes. The NUT was dismantled at that time and Mr Sparkes did sufficient work to get the machine running before selling it in August 2000 to the recently deceased owner, who brought it to the current excellent standard over a number of years.
Intriguingly, the accompanying documentation includes a copy of a letter dated February 1962 to Peter Sparkes, written by an ex-NUT employee but not signed, which states that this motorcycle was one of a batch made by the works in 1919 for the Isle of Man TT, the frames being numbered 'P1' to 'P5'. Clearly, this is a potentially rewarding subject of research to be undertaken by the fortunate new owner. The machine is offered with old-style Swansea V5 registration document; a copy of previous V5; and an almost compete run of expired MoT certificates dating back to 2000 (most recent expired May 2011).