c.1924 Husqvarna 5hp Model 150 Frame no. 203758 Engine no. 996HT
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c.1924 Husqvarna 5hp Model 150
Frame no. 203758 Engine no. 996HT
Sold for £14,950 (US$ 25,128) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1924 Husqvarna 5hp Model 150
Frame no. 203758
Engine no. 996HT
Like BSA in Britain, Husqvarna started out manufacturing armaments before turning to bicycle manufacture and, in the Swedish company’s case, the production of chainsaws, sewing machines and ‘white goods. Motorcycles were produced from the early 1900s using Belgian FN and French Moto-Reve engines before Husqvarna began making its owner power units around 1919. One of the first of these new all-Husqvarnas was a 550cc (5hp) sidevalve v-twin: the Model 150, an example of which is offered here. The Model 150’s engine incorporated cylinders with integral heads while other noteworthy features included a three-speed gearbox, all-chain-drive and a front fork sprung both vertically and horizontally, though the front wheel still lacked a brake. Lighting was optional, the factory offering a choice of AEG acetylene or Bosch electric systems. A twist-grip throttle control was offered as an option instead of the traditional lever. Husqvarna understood the value of publicity generated by racing, and offered advice on how to get the best out of the Model 150’s engine, recommending the removal of the lowest of the three piston rings for sustained high-sped running. Although rated at ‘5hp’ for taxation purposes, the 550cc motor’s actual maximum output was around 12bhp. It was progressively developed over the next ten years, finally ceasing production in 1930. This beautiful Vintage-era Husqvarna v-twin was purchased in Sweden for the Hockenheim Museum circa 2003. Serviced and run on the road only recently, it is presented in fabulous un-restored condition and would be a credit to any fine collection.
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