c.1921 Clyno 2½hp Lightweight Frame no. 135 Engine no. L1864/19

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Lot 508
c.1921 Clyno 2½hp Lightweight
Registration no. CX 3434 Frame no. 135 Engine no. L1864/19

Sold for £ 3,450 (US$ 4,490) inc. premium
c.1921 Clyno 2½hp Lightweight
Registration no. CX 3434
Frame no. 135
Engine no. L1864/19
Not for nothing did Clyno’s 1913 advertising promote its product as ‘The Side-Car Motor Cycle’, for the Wolverhampton firm was one of the first to give serious thought to engineering an effective motorcycle combination. Cousins Ailwyn and Frank Smith had formed The Clyno Engineering Co in 1909 for the purpose of marketing an adjustable belt pulley for motorcycle transmissions, soon turning to the assembly of complete machines using Chater Lea frame fittings and Stevens engines. A 2½hp lightweight model, powered by a 269cc two-stroke engine, was manufactured alongside Clyno’s v-twin ‘sidecar tugs’ from 1913 and continued in developed form after WWI. This rare surviving Clyno lightweight has integral two-speed transmission and belt final drive. Declared first registered in January 1921, it may well be of earlier manufacture; indeed, the engine number suggests it was made towards the end of 1919. (The Roads Act of 1920 required local councils to register all vehicles at the time of licensing and to allocate a separate number to each, and many vehicles, although in existence for several years in some cases, were only registered for the first time after the Act’s passing). Acquired by the Potter Collection from one E Barnett, of Harrogate, in the 1960s and last taxed to April 1963, the machine will, of course, require careful re-commissioning following a lengthy period of showroom display. It is offered with old-style continuation logbook (1961) and Swansea V5C registration document.
c.1921 Clyno 2½hp Lightweight Frame no. 135 Engine no. L1864/19
c.1921 Clyno 2½hp Lightweight Frame no. 135 Engine no. L1864/19
c.1921 Clyno 2½hp Lightweight Frame no. 135 Engine no. L1864/19
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