1953 Royal Enfield 693cc Meteor
Registration no. VWL 188
Frame no. T7/1741
Engine no. W7 1708
Launched in 1948, Royal Enfield's twin followed orthodox lines, though the use of separate barrels and 'heads, and the oil tank's incorporation within the crankcase - a feature inherited from the firm's singles - was unusual. Just like BSA and Triumph, Enfield went on to enlarge its twin, eclipsing its rivals with the (nominally) 700cc Meteor for 1953, Britain's largest vertical twin at that time. The crankcase remained fundamentally unchanged but the bore/stroke dimensions and engine top-end were those of the 350 Bullet, doubled up and restyled. This Meteor was purchased at Netley Marsh autojumble in 2010 as a restoration project and restored by the vendor in 2012, when work carried out included an engine overhaul, a repaint and fitting a new magneto. Running recently but not ridden on the road, the machine is described as in generally excellent condition, with particularly nice brightwork. Offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5. No reserve.
- There is no old style logbook with this lot. The Engine no. is T7 1741