1935 Scott 596cc Flying Squirrel
Registration no. DPB 425
Frame no. 4087
Engine no. DPY 4607 (see text)
Introduced in 1925, the Flying Squirrel sports model came in 498cc and 596cc capacities, the latter being the most expensive in the Scott range. Subsequent improvements included the duplex frame and bigger brakes first seen on the works bikes in 1926, and the magneto-platform Pilgrim oil pump adopted for the 1927 TT machines. In the 1930s the Flying Squirrel took on a touring role, being further updated with a detachable cylinder head, Brampton forks and a foot-change gearbox.
This Scott Flying Squirrel was acquired by the present owner some 17 years ago (1995). Fairly early in the ownership a spare engine (DPY 4607) was purchased and despatched to Mr Ken Lack, a recognised Scott engine specialist, for his attention. When the installed engine (FZ 3594A) began to misbehave during one of the numerous Irish rallies attended by the vendor - a Scott Owners Club member - the spare engine was fitted in its place and remains in the frame to date. This engine uses drip-feed lubrication. The removed engine was examined and given a clean bill of health, the problem being attributed to a faulty magneto chain, and is included in the sale. (It should be noted that the accompanying old-style continuation logbook (issued 1947) records the engine fitted at that time as 4088 of 498cc).
The gear ratios have been changed by the current owner from wide to medium, and the clutch withdrawal mechanism fitted with a needle roller thrust bearing. The rear stand has been modified to a low lift for ease of use. Over the years with its current owner the Scott has successfully completed numerous rallies including the aforementioned Irish events, South Lakes Mountain Rally and Levis Cup Trial. We are advised that the machine, which has covered fewer than 100 miles since April 2010 and is currently SORNd, starts and runs and does not require re-commissioning. The last MoT expired in April 2011. A file of history relating to the last 17 years with the current owner accompanies the machine, which also comes with Swansea V5C.
- The frame number is: 4027M