1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020

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Lot 32
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer
Registration no. FO 1180 Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020

Sold for US$ 16,380 inc. premium
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer
Registration no. FO 1180
Frame no. 2772
Engine no. 6020
Alfred Angas Scott was a pioneer in the English motorcycle industry, an engineer who worked from first principles and an innovator in motorcycle design. No ordinary quiet Englishman, he was a strong-minded task-master who demanded only the finest engineering skills from his hard-worked staff in the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire. The manufacture of Scott motorcycles had begun there in 1909 although Scott had dabbled with motorcycle design before the turn of the century. Early production was at Bradford in the heart of the Yorkshire woollen industry, with production moving early on to nearby Shipley. Early Scotts achieved great success and therefore valuable commercial publicity with their victories in the 1912 and 1913 TT races on the Isle of Man; Scott even experimenting as early as 1911 with rotary inlet valves. The standard production models were unconventional in appearance when stood alongside more traditional British machinery, the twin-cylinder, two-stroke units being mounted on an inclined plane in the frame, the step-through design of the frame endearing the marque to both male and the more daring female riders. Note that this machine has the oil-in-frame feature.

Although Scott production was disrupted by wartime hostilities, they were quick to re-establish themselves in motorcycle manufacture in post-war years. Alfred Angas Scott left the company in 1919 but he had made his mark and his distinctive design continued. Indeed the ‘Standard Tourer’ was little changed from the founder’s original design for 1914 and was to be the mainstay of production; the inclined, 532cc, water-cooled engine producing smooth power output, driving through a two-speed gear with foot clutch and creating the familiar Scott ‘yowl’.

Notice particularly on this machine the squirrel mascot mounted upon the radiator cap, a distinctive Scott feature for many years, the high quality Bonniksen speedometer driven from a gear on the front wheel, the full acetylene lighting set, fully piped-up to a rear-mounted generator, and the Lucas horn. A correct tan leather saddle provides rider comfort and fine attention to detail is apparent in the nickel plated cylinder heads.

In their day, Scotts were highly regarded and had an enviable record in the long distance reliability events, so popular in the 1920’s, and today in vintage circles they are highly prized for their excellent handling and for their impressive turn of speed which would put to shame many a comparable machine of later vintage.

This machine has been in the present ownership for twelve years and is smartly presented in Scott black and red livery with correct tank transfers. Although not used for some considerable time we feel that this machine will respond well to the usual careful recommissioning. It is currently British registered.
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020
1922 Scott 532cc Standard Tourer Frame no. 2772 Engine no. 6020
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