1938 Royal Enfield 1,140cc Model KX  Frame no. 22536 Engine no. 580

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Lot 523
1938 Royal Enfield 1,140cc Model KX
Registration no. PSJ 697 Frame no. 22536 Engine no. 580

Sold for £ 9,775 (US$ 12,189) inc. premium
1938 Royal Enfield 1,140cc Model KX
Registration no. PSJ 697
Frame no. 22536
Engine no. 580
‘The last word in luxury motorcycling’ was how Royal Enfield headlined the Model K in their 1938 sales brochure. It was powered by a mighty 1,140cc, side-valve, twin-cylinder engine with totally enclosed valve gear and Royal Enfield’s dry-sump lubrication system. This powerful unit combined with a heavyweight, four-speed, hand-controlled gearbox to ensure that the Model K with standard ratios was ideal for both sidecar and solo use. Lucas 6 volt Magdyno lighting was standard as was black enamel finish with gold lining. The top-of-the-range Model KX featured detachable and interchangeable wheels and was marketed in solo form at £77/10s ‘or by gradual payments’. In solo form the KX boasted 80mph performance and 65mpg economy at touring speeds. Remarkably the KX was one of no less than 18 different models marketed by Royal Enfield in the 1938 season.

This bike was first registered on 7th June 1938 and remained in the Home Counties through to the 1970’s. It has been in the present ownership for eight years and has been the subject of major restoration. It has recently been on display in a small private collection and the usual gentle recommissioning is advised prior to road use. A photograph showing the bike pre-restoration is on file. Offered with the bike is a period spare parts list, Motorcycling magazine from May 1953 with reference to the Model KX and the factory booklet ‘Hints and Tips for the 1,140cc Royal Enfield’. Some invoices relating to the restoration are on file and this desirable and powerful machine is offered with old style buff and green log books and a current Swansea V5C registration document.
1938 Royal Enfield 1,140cc Model KX  Frame no. 22536 Engine no. 580
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