1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518
Lot 204
1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin
Registration no. SV 4315 Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518
Sold for £23,000 (US$ 29,508) inc. premium

Lot Details
1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518 1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518 1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518 1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518 1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518 1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518 1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin Frame no. 48217 Engine no. 9518
1915 Bradbury 749cc 6hp V-Twin
Registration no. SV 4315
Frame no. 48217
Engine no. 9518
• Rare British make
• Present ownership for 28 years
• Restored in the 1990s

Established in Oldham, Lancashire in 1852, Bradbury & Company Limited claimed to be the first manufacturer to build an 'All-British Motor Cycle and Tri-Car', its products having been ridden successfully as early as 1898. Although destined not to survive beyond 1925, Bradbury had amassed an impressive tally of awards and records prior to WWI. 'Speed and Reliability' were claimed as special qualities, and any machine which simultaneously held the 'English and Irish End to End Sidecar Records' - 'at record speed and without a single mechanical stoppage' - must have had a lot going for it. Of advanced specification, Bradbury's 6hp model employed a twin-cylinder sidevalve engine of 750cc, which drove via a three-speed countershaft gearbox and chain final drive.

According to a letter (on file) from the Motor Taxation Office, this Bradbury 6hp V-Twin was first registered as 'CK'1550' in Preston (not far from the Bradbury works in Oldham) on 15th October 1915. The vendor purchased the machine from a dealer in 1989). As it came wearing the original plates, it was presumably the dealer who sold off the number.

The machine was given a 'frame upwards' restoration during the 1990s, in the course of which the cycle parts were refurbished and repainted; the wheels professionally rebuilt; and the forks re-tubed and re-spindled by Elk Engineering. The cylinder heads and barrels were lifted, but the engine was found to be in very good condition, retaining its original pistons. The brakes, transmission, etc were all overhauled.

We are advised that after the rebuild the machine was an easy second-kick starter and a good runner, although it has not been ridden in recent years and so re-commissioning will be necessary before returning it to the road. The improved (non-original) front brake, effective rear drum brake, powerful engine, advanced three-speed gearbox, and all-chain drive combine to make this an exceptionally safe and usable motorcycle of the very early Vintage era. The original stirrup front brake and fittings are included in the sale. The machine also comes with some original tool kit items; an original owner's instruction book and parts list for 1914 models (essentially identical to this machine); an original 1915 parts list and photocopies of the 1915 catalogue; and other contemporary articles and road tests. Additionally there is a current V5C registration document, some restoration receipts, and some recent tax discs.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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