1928 Raleigh 2¾hp Model 26
Registration no. RR 8048
Frame no. 33497
Engine no. 308
Britain's best-known bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from 1899 to 1905, and from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. During the 1920s Raleigh's line-up expanded to include machines of various capacities, both sidevalve and overhead-valve engined, ranging from a 175cc unitary construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin. As far as competitions were concerned, Raleigh relied on trials to publicise its products and did not make a serious foray into road racing until 1928, fielding new overhead-valve racers at the Isle of Man TT where its best results were 7th in the Junior and 8th in the Senior. High-performance overhead-valve models then became a fixture of the range until production of Raleigh motorcycles ceased in 1933. Fitted with the '80mph' engine, this rare overhead-valve Raleigh has lived in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area all its life. The previous owner kept the machine from 1933 to 1987 when it was bought by the current vendor. Dismantled at the time, it was stored for many years and only restored in 2005. Described as in generally very good condition, 'RR 8048' is offered with old-style logbook, VMCC dating certificate, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5. A substantial quantity of Model 26 spares is offered with the machine, including a reconditioned cylinder head (close inspection recommended).
- We are advised the machine is an SS model. There is no VMCC dating certificate with the lot.