c.1908 Motosacoche 300cc  Frame no. F5867 Engine no. 4301

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Lot 270
c.1908 Motosacoche 300cc
Registration no. BH 2800 Frame no. F5867 Engine no. 4301

Sold for £ 5,175 (US$ 6,277) inc. premium
c.1908 Motosacoche 300cc
Registration no. BH 2800
Frame no. F5867
Engine no. 4301
Like so many motorcycle manufacturers Swiss brothers Armand and Henry Dufaux entered motorcycle manufacture by fitting diminutive engines into bicycle frames – a far cry indeed from later ventures which included 996cc V-twin machines and indeed even a seven-cylinder radial engine. They were suppliers of proprietary engines and indeed their engines were built under licence also by other European manufacturers. ‘Motorcycling’ magazine in 1910 promoted the Motosacoche in the following terms:-

“The Gentleman’s Motor Bicycle and no-one can deny it. The only satisfactory machine for ladies, Medical Men, Clergymen and Professional men is the Motosacoche … the Motosacoche is the machine for Gentlefolk …. it offends no-one …. it does not squirt oil over its riders …”

Although the V5 registration document records first registration on 3rd July 1914, correspondence on file suggests that this machine dates from 1908 and was first owned by A L Hunt, the first person in Chesham to own a motorcycle. In 1914 it belonged to a G Stone, a baker in that town. In 1926 it was registered to an H Tomlin, in 1936 it belonged to E G M Wilks and in 1939, some 69 years ago, is recorded in the ownership of Stafford East. The machine is belt driven with pedal assistance, the engine features an atmospheric inlet valve and the bike is equipped with a Rotax acetylene headlamp and a bulb horn. It has not been ridden for a considerable number of years and, following a long period in storage will require recommissioning. The machine is listed on the V5 document as 300cc however we have not been able to precisely confirm the cylinder capacity. This rare Pioneer machine is offered with the previously mentioned Swansea V5 registration document and some interesting correspondence from its first owner.
c.1908 Motosacoche 300cc  Frame no. F5867 Engine no. 4301
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