1910 Bradbury 3.5hp Motorcycle Combination  Frame no. 32677 Engine no. 2200

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Lot 279
1910 Bradbury 3.5hp Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. WPJ 10 Frame no. 32677 Engine no. 2200

Sold for £ 9,775 (US$ 13,766) inc. premium
1910 Bradbury 3.5hp Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. WPJ 10
Frame no. 32677
Engine no. 2200
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 in 1898. Although destined not to survive beyond 1925, Bradbury 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. The 3.5hp Bradbury employed a single-cylinder sidevalve engine of 554cc and could be ordered in single-gear belt-driven form or with the refinements of hub gears and chain drive. Perhaps the model's most unusual feature was a crankcase integral with the frame "ensuring better balance, greater strength and rigidity."

This rare veteran Bradbury was found in the 1950s in a derelict condition by a Mr Taylor and subsequently sold to a Mr Blackshaw from whom it was purchased by the present owner six years ago. The most attractive wicker-bodied sports sidecar fitted is the work of Haden Bros, founders of New Comet Motorcycles, and dates from circa 1912. New Comet built motorcycles - on and off - between 1905 and 1932, and the Haden company still exists today manufacturing electrical goods. The machine is equipped with NSU 'coffee grinder' two-speed gear and belt final drive. Restored in 1955, it is presented in very good condition throughout. The machine featured in Granada Television's remake of The Forsyte Saga (2003), was displayed on the Cartier stand at The Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2002 and was a class award winner at the VMCC Founders' Day in 2003. This stylish yet practical veteran sidecar outfit is offered with Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Certificate (no. '1583'), old-style logbook, current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • This machine has an entry to this year’s Louis Vitton Concourse d’elegance
1910 Bradbury 3.5hp Motorcycle Combination  Frame no. 32677 Engine no. 2200
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