Property of a deceased's estate,1927 Sunbeam 3½hp Model 6 Sportsman Frame no. B1484 Engine no. J1466
Lot 313
Property of a deceased's estate,1927 Sunbeam 3½hp Model 6 Sportsman
Registration no. DS 7040 Frame no. B1484 Engine no. J1466
Sold for £9,775 (US$ 13,076) inc. premium

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Property of a deceased's estate,1927 Sunbeam 3½hp Model 6 Sportsman Frame no. B1484 Engine no. J1466
Property of a deceased's estate
1927 Sunbeam 3½hp Model 6 Sportsman
Registration no. DS 7040
Frame no. B1484
Engine no. J1466
The first Sunbeam motorcycle - a 350cc (2¾hp) sidevalve single - left the Wolverhampton premises of John Marston Ltd, hitherto a manufacturer of finest quality enamelled goods, bicycles and - latterly - cars, in 1912. Like Marston's other products, his motorcycles soon established a reputation for sound construction and exemplary finish. The marque quickly established a reputation for sporting prowess, achieving 2nd place in the 1914 Isle of Man Senior TT and winning the 1920 race. Overhead-valve engines were introduced in the mid-1920s but early successes were achieved with sidevalve-engined machines, most notably the 492cc (3½hp) 'Longstroke', which secured a debut win at the 1921 French Grand Prix ridden by Alec Bennett. In road-going form this remarkable engine remained in production right up until WW2. Apparently written by its late owner, notes on file record that this Model 6 'Longstroke' was purchased new by one Horace Allen, who rode it until his wife's death in 1939. The last pre-war tax disc is on file and the history is confirmed by other correspondence. Mr Allen then became a recluse, keeping the Sunbeam in his kitchen until he too died, in 1983. Mr John Moore of Silchester then purchased the machine and got it back on the road. Re-registered as 'DS 7040' in 1985, the Sunbeam passed some two years later to Mr William Cakebread of Wittersham, from whom it was purchased by the late owner in July 1987. The machine comes with a history file containing a quantity of expired MoT certificates, the most recent expiring in April 2008, which is almost certainly when it was last used on the road. Also on file are a quantity of expired tax discs, SORN paperwork, old/current V5/V5C registration documents, photocopied manuals and a similar spare parts list.
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