Property of a deceased's estate
c.1927 Raleigh 498cc Model 22
Registration no. WW 2063
Frame no. 1003
Engine no. 1171
Once Britain's best known and longest-surviving bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from 1899 to 1905 and again from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds and 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. One of the mainstays was the 350cc 2¾hp model, a compact sidevalve-engined lightweight that while not devastatingly fast 'flat out', accelerated smartly and handled well by the standards of its day.
A typical example of a Vintage-era Raleigh, this Model 22 is powered by a 496cc single-cylinder sidevalve engine driving via a three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox. The Model 22 was intended for sidecar work and in line with most of the range received a new saddle-style fuel tank in 1928. In actual fact, this new fuel reservoir consisted of a pair of separate pannier tanks mounted either side of the upper frame tube, which was concealed beneath a central cover plate. Raleigh's 350cc offerings were always the most popular and surviving 500cc models are today relatively rare.
First registered in the Leeds area of West Yorkshire around 1927, 'WW 2063' was purchased by its late owner in July 1986 from one H White of Wimblington, Cambridgeshire (purchase receipt on file). Little else is known of its history, which can only be traced as far back as 1975 when the accompanying old-style continuation logbook was issued. Its owner at that time was one William Hall of Harrogate while the old-style V5 on file (issued April 1982) records the owner as one A E Wynn of Knaresborough. Still carrying its last tax disc (expired May 1985), the machine has been kept garaged and not used since acquisition, and thus will require extensive re-commissioning at the very least before returning to the road. Sold strictly as viewed, 'WW 2063' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a Raleigh '500' from the Vintage era, ideal for next year's Banbury Run and other similar events.
- The frame number on this lot is A1003.