1948 Scott Flying Squirrel
Lot 262
Property of a deceased's estate,1948 Scott 596cc Flying Squirrel Frame no. 4997 Engine no. DPY5097
Sold for £5,290 (US$ 8,954) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate
1948 Scott 596cc Flying Squirrel
Registration no. ACM 262
Frame no. 4997
Engine no. DPY5097
This Scott Flying Squirrel comes with an exceptionally well-documented history. The original bill of sale from Messrs A E Reynolds of Liverpool, the local Scott agent, is in the accompanying file of papers, recording that 'ACM 262' was sold to a Mr W S Byrom of Birkenhead on 30th July 1948 for the sum of £249 2s 5d, a price that including an optional pillion seat and footrests. Also in the file is the original Certificate of Road Trials from the Shipley factory indicating that the tester had covered a distance of 60 miles, while the reverse records the fact that the engine had been bench tested for two hours and produced 16bhp at 2,500rpm with maximum revs of 5,000. Mr Byrom is noted in the papers as a motor mechanic. By May 1951 ownership appears to have transferred to a Miss Olive Byrom of the same address - possibly Mr Byrom's sister. At that time Miss Byrom was in discussion with Victor Horsman Ltd regarding the purchase of a Garrard sidecar. Having decided on a stylish Garrard Ladbroke two-seater, she paid the deposit, although the 'chair' was not delivered and fitted until February of 1952. The original order (on file) had indicated that there would be a wait of approximately four to six months, so it was only two months longer than anticipated!

It seems that Miss Byrom, a secretary, continued to use the Scott outfit until December 1961 when it was taken off the road (the final road fund licence is on file). She remained the owner until 1994 or later, as evidenced by accompanying correspondence, when the machine was purchased by the current vendor's late partner. It is not known whether the sidecar was discarded by him at this point or earlier by Miss Byrom. One can only imagine what a dash Miss Byrom must have cut, racing to work on her Scott outfit throughout the 1950s - the very epitome of a 'Thoroughly Modern Miss'. If Scott had only known, they surely would have featured her in their advertising!

The Scott was purchased with a view to restoration, but work was never started and the machine remained stored intact, preserved in 'barn find' condition. 'ACM 262' comes with what may well be its original handbook, albeit rebound, together with a Lucas instruction booklet for the lighting system and miscellaneous papers. Not used on the road since 1961, the machine is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. Offered with V5C.
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