1951 FN 450cc Model M13 Military Motorcycle
Registration no. 771 YUN
Frame no. 10698
Engine no. 10933 RA
FN's Model M13 was used by the Belgian military in this form, complete with rubber suspended front fork, from 1949 to 1951. This particular machine is fitted with the original metal panniers complete with leather lids. It was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Stafford auction in April 2007 (Lot 593) having, apparently, been museum stored for some time. Following purchase the vendor commenced re-commissioning but it soon became obvious that a full strip-down would be required. The owner subsequently replaced the gearbox bearings and engine main bearings, and fitted a new piston to the re-bored cylinder barrel. The Lucas magneto and dynamo were fully reconditioned by Brian Simmons, and a full rewire carried out. The clutch was relined, new tyres fitted and one of the brakes relined (the owner cannot recall which). Following the work's completion the FN was MoT'd and road registered with the aid of a dating certificate detailing its supply to the Belgian military authorities in November 1951. Accompanying documentation comprises the aforementioned dating certificate, old MoT certificate, current road fund licence and V5C registration document. Also included are a copy handbook, copy workshop manual and an assembly guide (all French language).
- Offered without dating certificate.