1910 Scott 486cc  Frame no. 211203 Engine no. 703

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Lot 1008
1910 Scott 486cc
Registration no. PO 5290 Frame no. 211203 Engine no. 703

Sold for £ 21,850 (US$ 27,858) inc. premium
1910 Scott 486cc
Registration no. PO 5290
Frame no. 211203
Engine no. 703
Bradford-born inventor Alfred Angas Scott's experiments with two-stroke motorcycle engines began in the closing years of the 19th Century, leading to the grant of a patent in 1904. Scott's original design for a vertical twin two-stroke engine incorporated the central flywheel with 180-degree overhung cranks and slim connecting rods that would characterise his products from then onwards. One of its chief advantages was close spacing to the cylinder axes and main bearings, thus virtually eliminating the vibratory rocking couple hitherto associated with vertical twins. The first complete Scott motorcycle prototype followed in 1908, its twin-cylinder engine, two-speed foot-change gear and all-chain drive marking it out as an exceptionally advanced design for its day.
An arrangement whereby Scott motorcycles would be manufactured by the Bradford firm of Jowett foundered after just six machines had been built, resulting in Alfred Scott setting up his own company in Grosvenor Street, Bradford. This very rare early Scott dates from the Scott Engineering Company's second year of production when 187 machines were manufactured, just 37 having been constructed the previous year, and is one of the make's oldest known survivors. The accompanying buff logbook reveals that the machine was first registered in 1932 to one W Goodridge of East Street, Chichester. Goodridge may well have been a motorcycle dealer, as the name 'W Goodridge & Co' appears as the '2nd change'. 'PO 5290' came into David William Lawrence's possession on 20th January 1952, this fact being recorded as the '3rd change'. The fuel tank's paint is reported as original and the machine comes equipped with a Bosch DA2 magneto and Lucas acetylene generator feeding the P&H rear lamp. 'PO 5290' was entrant number '315' in the last Pioneer Run and is described by the private vendor as in mechanically sound condition but in need of some cosmetic refurbishment. The machine is offered with current MoT, Swansea V5 registration document and Pioneer Certificate number '119'.
1910 Scott 486cc  Frame no. 211203 Engine no. 703
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