1961 Bown 98cc Mark 1F
Lot 216
1951 Bown 98cc Mark 1F Frame no. 716.22382 Engine no. BM.38
Sold for £1,380 (US$ 2,319) inc. premium
Lot Details
1951 Bown 98cc Mark 1F
Registration no. HFY 405
Frame no. 716.22382
Engine no. BM.38
A marque active in the early 1920s, Bown was revived as the name for a revised version of the Aberdale autocycle in 1950. Like most of its independent contemporaries, Wales-based Bown relied on Villiers engines and soon added a lightweight motorcycle powered by the 98cc 1F unit to its range followed by a 122cc model with the 10D engine. Production of Villiers-engined machines appears to have ceased in the mid-1950s, Bown relying on Austrian Fichtel & Sachs power units thereafter. This rare Bown's accompanying original logbook reveals that it was sold new to one William Smethurst of Southport, Lancashire, enjoying a succession of owners in the Southport area into the mid-1960s. The current owner bought 'HFY 405' from the last owner listed (Norman Iveson) in November 1983 (receipt on file) since when it has remained, unused, within his private collection. Presented in original, un-restored condition, the machine comes with aforementioned logbook and Swansea V5 document.

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  • The Engine no. is 716/22387
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