c.1957 Sun 98cc Hornet
Registration no. 928 WB
Frame no. XMC 338
Engine no. 604B22241
Sun concentrated on Villiers-powered lightweights and first introduced its 'Motorcycle' (there appears to have been no specific model name at this time) in 1949. Sun's Motorcycle was powered by the Villiers 1F 98cc engine, which was housed in a rigid frame equipped with girder front forks, and continued in production until 1958, latterly as the 'Hornet' with the 4F engine and link-type front fork. Previously forming part of a deceased's estate, this Hornet was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Stafford sale in April 2009 (Lot 263) and has been fully restored over the last five years. Work carried out included a professional engine rebuild, repainting the cycle parts, re-chroming brightwork and fitting numerous new parts including brake linings and tyres. Currently taxed and described as in generally excellent condition, it should need only fine-tuning and adjustments before returning to the road. Accompanying paperwork consists of a dating certificate, sundry invoices and V5C registration document.
- The engine was rebuilt, but not professionally.