1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC
Lot 494
1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve
Registration no. YL 6543 (UK) Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC
Sold for €40,090 (US$ 43,016) inc. premium

Lot Details
1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC 1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve Frame no. 36244 Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC
1925 Coventry-Eagle 980cc Flying-8 Sidevalve
Registration no. YL 6543 (UK)
Frame no. 36244
Engine no. KTC/U 13585/VSC
'The Coventry Eagle Flying-8, worthily designated the "Pullman Express" by Motor Cycling, represents the highest attainable luxury, comfort and speed on two wheels.' – Coventry Eagle.

This sidevalve-engined Flying-8 was first registered in London in 1925 and for many years was owned by Vintage Motor Cycle Club stalwart, Cliff Barham of Enfield. During the latter's ownership the Flying Eight formed part of a motorcycle combination that was a regular participant in VMCC events throughout the 1970s. The accompanying history file contains photographs of Cliff Barham and the Coventry Eagle at the Banbury, Windsor and Chiltern Runs, as well as the Manx Rally. Over the years the machine has acquired a number of non-standard components including the control levers, throttle twist-grip, chaincase and muffler, while the engine currently fitted dates from 1932. Professional refurbishment undertaken in 2006/2007 included the wheels, tires/tubes, brakes and magdyno, in addition to an engine overhaul.

In April 2008 the then owner, Mr A White, offered the machine for sale at Bonhams' Stafford auction where it was purchased by the current vendors. Since acquisition the Flying-8 has been maintained by the same engineer that restored the vendors' overhead-valve version and has been kept in heated museum premises as part of their important private collection in the UK, seeing only occasional use.

Presented in generally good condition, the machine is offered with the aforementioned period photographs, various press cuttings, sundry restoration invoices, (reproduction) instruction manual, assorted correspondence, Banbury Run program (1973), old-style continuation logbook (issued 1970), a quantity of expired tax discs, expired MoT (August 2008) and UK Swansea V5C registration document.

Footnotes

  • Coventry-Eagle 980 cm3 Flying-8 « Latérale » 1925
    Immatriculation n° YL 6543 (UK)
    Cadre n° 36244
    Moteur n° KTC/U 13585/VSC

    « La Coventry-Eagle Flying-8, qui mérite pleinement le surnom de « Pullman Express » donné par Motor Cycling, représente le plus haut degré de luxe, de confort et de vitesse qu'on puisse proposer sur deux roues. »
    Coventry-Eagle

    Cette Flying-8 à moteur latéral, immatriculée pour la première fois à Londres en 1925, fut longtemps la propriété du pilier du Vintage Motor Cycle Club, Cliff Barham, d'Enfield. Lorsqu'elle appartenait à ce dernier, la Flying Eight alors attelée à un side-car était régulièrement engagée dans les épreuves du VMCC au cours des années 1970. Le dossier historique qui l'accompagne contient des photos de Cliff Barham et de la Coventry-Eagle aux Barbury, Windsor et Chiltern Runs ainsi qu'au Manx Rally. Avec les années, la machine a reçu un certain nombre de pièces non standard dont les leviers de commande, la poignée de gaz tournante, le carter de chaîne et le silencieux, tandis que le moteur installé actuellement date de 1932. Une remise en état entreprise en 2006/2007 a porté sur les roues, les pneus et les chambres, les freins et la Magdyno outre une réfection du moteur.

    En avril 2008, le propriétaire à cette date, M. A. White mit la moto en vente chez Bonhams à Stafford où elle fut achetée par les vendeurs actuels. Depuis cette acquisition, la Flying-8, entretenue par le même mécanicien qui avait restauré la version à soupapes en tête que possèdent aussi les vendeurs, a été stockée dans un musée chauffé au sein d'une importante collection privée au Royaume-Uni et n'a été utilisée qu'occasionnellement.

    Présentée en bon état général, la machine est offerte accompagnée des photos d'époque, de coupures de pesse, de nombreuses factures de restauration, d'un manuel d'utilisation (en reproduction), d'une correspondance, du programme du Banbury Run (1973), d'un log book (liste de propriétaires) ancien modèle (établi en 1970), d'un certain nombre de vignettes fiscales, d'un MoT expiré (en août 2008) et du document d'immatriculation au Royaume-Uni V5 de Swansea.
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