The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine no. Y2373A

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The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel
Engine no. Y2373A

Sold for US$ 44,460 inc. premium
The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch
1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel
Engine no. Y2373A
Bradford-born inventor Alfred Angas Scott’s experiments with two-stroke motorcycle engines began in the closing years of the 19th Century, leading to the grant of a patent in 1904. Scott’s original design for a vertical twin two-stroke engine incorporated the central flywheel with 180-degree overhung cranks and slim connecting rods that would characterize his products from then onwards. One of its chief advantages was close spacing to the cylinder axes and main bearings, thus virtually eliminating the vibratory rocking couple hitherto associated with vertical twins. The first complete Scott motorcycle prototype followed in 1908, its twin-cylinder engine, two-speed foot-change gear and all-chain drive marking it out as an exceptionally advanced design for its day.

Like most of their rivals, Scott recognized the value of publicity gained from success on the racetrack - particularly at the Isle of Man TT - and first entered the latter event in 1909, becoming the first two-stroke to start in a Tourist Trophy race. Back-to-back victories in the 1912 and 1913 Senior events would turn out to be the highlights of the firm’s TT record, though Harry Langman came close again in 1922 and 1924, finishing third and second respectively. The 1924 works bikes had featured ‘square’ engines of 68.25mm bore/stroke, and this new 498cc unit became available in the Super Squirrel introduced later in the year together with a 74.6mm-bore 596cc version.

Every inch the typical Vintage-era Scott, with its open frame, ‘biscuit tin’ tank and two-speed transmission, this superb Super Squirrel was restored in the 1980s by Von Dutch for his friend, Steve McQueen, although mistakenly lettered ‘1926’ rather than the correct ‘1929.’ It was gifted to Dutch by McQueen prior to his death, and subsequently sold to Californian collector, Bob Gatien. The cloisonné ‘flying eyeball’ logo is fixed to the toolbox, while the Scott logos are all hand-painted and finished in gold leaf. The engine is freshly overhauled, featuring new bearings, pistons and a re-bore, plus crankshaft and cylinders refurbished by famous Scott specialist Roger Moss. This fast Scott has been used on several AMCA road runs, keeping up with much newer machines, and has excellent brakes and handling for a machine of its period.
The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine no. Y2373A
The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine no. Y2373A
The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine no. Y2373A
The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine no. Y2373A
The ex-Steve McQueen, Von Dutch,1929 Scott 596cc Super Squirrel Engine no. Y2373A
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