1960 Royal Enfield 495cc Meteor Minor Sports
Registration no. 489 XUR
Frame no. 6378
Engine no. EA35033
Launched in 1948, Royal Enfield's twin underwent a radical revision in 1958. Dubbed the Meteor Minor, the newcomer featured shorter-stroke engine dimensions, replaceable big-end shells, 17" wheels and bigger brakes. The Sports model was equipped with a different inlet camshaft that boosted peak power to 33bhp at 6,500rpm, a 3bhp/250rpm improvement over the standard/Deluxe models. This Meteor Minor Sports was purchased at Bonhams' sale of the Professor Ehn Collection in June 2008 (Lot 245). Acquired by Professor Ehn in 1977, the Enfield was ridden regularly by him before being placed in the Museum in 1980. Since acquisition by the vendor, the machine has been upgraded with 12-volt electrics, a new battery and halogen lighting, and been fitted with a new silencer and front tyre. Described as in generally good condition, '489 XUR' is offered with Austrian Einzelgenehmigung, VMCC dating certificate, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document.