The Property of a Deceased Estate,c.1936/48 Excelsior 250cc Manxman Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. 491 Engine no. BRAR101

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The Property of a Deceased Estate,c.1936/48 Excelsior 250cc Manxman Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 491 Engine no. BRAR101

Sold for £ 11,385 (US$ 15,448) inc. premium
The Property of a Deceased Estate
c.1936/48 Excelsior 250cc Manxman Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 491
Engine no. BRAR101
This most handsome quarter-litre racer was created in the late 1940s - a period when up-to-date 250cc-class racing machinery was expensive and hard to obtain - using one of the best racing engines of the immediate pre-war era - the Excelsior Manxman - and the very latest in frame and suspension technology. The machine's engine dates from around 1936 and may have been used by H G Tyrell Smith in the Isle of Man Lightweight TT in 1936, when the works Excelsior rider finished in second place. The current aluminium-alloy frame is the work of renowned frame-maker and advocate of leading-link front suspension, Ernie Earles, and is believed to have been fitted around 1948 when the machine was owned by Jack Sparrow. At around the same time, Sparrow fitted BSA telescopic forks and a Norton front hub. Equipped with engine modifications - possibly the work of Doug Beasley - the machine was ridden by Sparrow in the Isle of Man TT. Records show that Sparrow rode an Excelsior in the Lightweight 250 TT in 1951, '52, '53 and '54, his best result being 15th place in 1951. The machine was subsequently ridden to victory by Bill Smith in the 1956 Southern 100 250cc race in the Isle of Man.

The foregoing provenance was attached to the machine when it was owned by the late Eddie Williams, from whose estate it was sold in September 1999; though since the present owner's death it has not proved possible to discover any supporting documentation. The machine's last date of use and mechanical condition, likewise are unknown. However, the fact that this is a most technically interesting historic racing motorcycle, and one guaranteed to turn heads at any classic gathering, is not in doubt.
The Property of a Deceased Estate,c.1936/48 Excelsior 250cc Manxman Racing Motorcycle  Frame no. 491 Engine no. BRAR101
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