1903 Kerry 308cc 2½hp  Frame no. 4903 Engine no. SC419

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1903 Kerry 308cc 2½hp
Registration no. BS 8431 Frame no. 4903 Engine no. SC419

Sold for £ 6,325 (US$ 8,308) inc. premium
1903 Kerry 308cc 2½hp
Registration no. BS 8431
Frame no. 4903
Engine no. SC419
During the first years of the last century, the British motor cycle industry was rather behind that of continental Europe in terms of design and manufacturing capacity, having been held back, like the car industry, by government restrictions on motor vehicles. In exactly the same way as in the present day motor industry, this deficiency was overcome by what we call ‘badge-engineering’, with imported motor cycles given UK firms’ identities in order to aid sales. One such firm was The East London Rubber Company of Shoreditch, London. They imported the excellent Belgian Sarolea and, with revisions to suit the domestic market, sold them as ‘The Kerry”. The company made a range of machines under this name, later with Birmingham built Abingdon engines, until the cessation of civilian manufacture in December 1915. The last appearance of the Kerry name was on a range of Italian-built mopeds in the 1950’s.

This Kerry has a continuous history from when it was discovered in Lincolnshire in the nineteen-fifties up to the present day. The Kerry ‘Popular’ for 1903 was supplied in green in 2½hp, 70mm x 80mm, 308cc form with additional rear brake – replicated on this machine – and ‘Made in Belgium’ on the crankcases, though a later series had Kerry cast in. BS 8431 has had a thorough overhaul with replacement of engine internals and overhaul of all other components, new tanks being made at the same time. The original mudguards, rather fragile now, will be supplied with the machine. Running well, with a 2006 Pioneer Certificate No 1735, the Kerry is ready for use, having a current road fund disc. It is supplied with a comprehensive and thorough history file, with more research remaining to be done, containing photographs and correspondence ‘as found’ and details of spares sources in Belgium, as well as a V5C and other documentation. A genuine veteran motorcycle in excellent condition.
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