1922 Rudge Multi 497cc TT Model  Frame no. C 805577 Engine no. 24681

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Lot 271
1922 Rudge Multi 497cc TT Model
Registration no. ME 3944 Frame no. C 805577 Engine no. 24681

Sold for £ 7,475 (US$ 9,066) inc. premium
1922 Rudge Multi 497cc TT Model
Registration no. ME 3944
Frame no. C 805577
Engine no. 24681
The first Rudge Whitworth motorcycle saw the light of day in 1910 and by 1911 the first example to have the remarkably successful, infinitely variable ‘Multi’ gear appeared. The success of the machine and its sound engineering can be judged by its victory in the 1914 Senior TT Race in the hands of Cyril Pullin at an average speed of 49.49mph – the first single-cylinder machine to win a TT. Rudge marketed the TT model in the early 1920’s, featuring sporting drop handlebars and a pedal-operated supplementary oil supply for use when the engine is working hard. Amazingly the clutch is recorded as containing no less than 64 plates. The 497cc engine featured inlet over exhaust valve configuration. The Multi saw active service in World War I, the Italian Army ordered a batch at the end of hostilities and the Multi was the model selected for manufacture in 1918 to get production underway, to re-finance the Rudge operation. By 1921 Rudge production was running at 30 machines a day and riders such as Bob Dicker and Bill Lacey kept the Rudge name in the headlines with successes at Brooklands and other events.

This Multi was first registered with Middlesex County Council on 22nd June 1922. It is well equipped with acetylene headlamp, Bonniksen speedometer, bulb horn, P&H acetylene rear lamp with its own generator, two leather panniers and fuel supply is via a Senspray carburettor. The old buff log book offered with the bike suggests acquisition by Stafford East in 1964. The machine was MoT’d to 1998 and last taxed to 1999. Following a period in storage this very original machine will now reward the usual careful recommissioning and will be a useful powerful bike for the Banbury Run and other vintage events. It comes with a Swansea V5 registration document.
1922 Rudge Multi 497cc TT Model  Frame no. C 805577 Engine no. 24681
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