1943 Universal 850cc Twin  Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012
Lot 315
1943 Universal 850cc Twin Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012
£20,000 - 24,000
US$ 31,000 - 38,000

Lot Details
1943 Universal 850cc Twin  Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012 1943 Universal 850cc Twin  Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012 1943 Universal 850cc Twin  Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012 1943 Universal 850cc Twin  Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012 1943 Universal 850cc V-Twin Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012 1943 Universal 850cc V-Twin Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012 1943 Universal 850cc V-Twin Frame no. 156301/43 Engine no. 42012
1943 Universal 850cc Twin
Frame no. 156301/43
Engine no. 42012
Universal motorcycles were made in Switzerland by the same factory that had previously marketed its products under the 'Helvetia' brand name. Established in 1928, Universal at first used proprietary engines supplied by JAP, Rudge (Python), Anzani and Ilo before getting around to making its own. At the top of the range in the 1930s were large sports models, powered by overhead-valve JAP v-twin engines, which looked every bit as handsome as their British counterparts. Universal began supplying motorcycles to the Swiss Army prior to WW2, these being mainly large, sidevalve-engined v-twins used for both solo and sidecar work, and during the war developed a range of models primarily for military use, powered by narrow-angle v-twin engines of 676cc and 990cc. The company's most memorable post-war model was a shaft-driven transverse 'flat twin' inspired by the BMW. Universal motorcycles were last produced in 1964. Described as in generally very good condition, this example of a marque rarely encountered in Britain was purchased in Belgium by Atlantic Motorcycles and sold to the current vendor. We are advised that it is an ex-military model that was restored and returned to 'civilian' livery many years ago. There are no documents with this Lot.
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