1911 Scott 486cc  Frame no. 238191 Engine no. 945

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Lot 1009
1911 Scott 486cc
Registration no. AE 4776 Frame no. 238191 Engine no. 945

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 17,462) inc. premium
1911 Scott 486cc
Registration no. AE 4776
Frame no. 238191
Engine no. 945
By 1911, Alfred Scott's original design had undergone a number of refinements. The handful of machines built by Jowett had been deemed under-powered, leading to an increase in engine capacity from 333cc to 450cc for the first of the Scott-built models. Soon after, the engine capacity was raised again, this time to 486cc. Water-cooling was adopted for cylinder head and barrel - previously the latter had been air cooled - together with a 'honeycomb' radiator of Scott's own design. Ever the innovator, Scott fitted a kickstarter, the first time such a device has been used on a motorcycle.
Light weight, ample power and sure-footed handling thanks to a low centre of gravity, were virtues of the Scott motorcycle right from the outset. Not surprisingly, the Scott was soon making a name for itself in the trials of the day, often with its inventor at the controls, and in 1909 the marque made its first appearance at the Isle of Man TT. Ridden by works tester Eric Myers, the lone Scott was eliminated on lap seven when Myers fell. An inauspicious beginning to Scott's Isle of Man adventure, but greater times were just around the corner.
This machine's accompanying buff logbook records that Spencer H Lawrence was its owner when the book was issued in January 1951. An older restoration re-enamelled and repainted, the machine is described by the vendor as mechanically sound but in need of some cosmetic refurbishment. A rare Motex Minor acetylene rear lamp is an interesting feature. A Pioneer Run entrant in 2002 and 2003, the machine is offered with current MoT, Swansea V5 registration document and Pioneer Certificate number '220'.
1911 Scott 486cc  Frame no. 238191 Engine no. 945
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