c.1914 FN 204cc  Frame no. 43454

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Lot 431
c.1914 FN 204cc
Registration no. Not UK Registered Frame no. 43454

£ 7,500 - 8,500
US$ 9,500 - 11,000
Amended
c.1914 FN 204cc
Registration no. Not UK Registered
Frame no. 43454
There are few manufactures of early motorcycles more respected than Federation National (FN), a long established precision manufacturer of firearms. Prior to the Second World War this Belgian conglomerate produced motorcars as well, and in 1959 one of their formidable motocross machines took Rene Baeten to the 500cc Motor Cycle World Championship! The firm continue as makers of ordnance to the present day. FN arguably pioneered four-cylinder machines with the introduction of a 362cc model in 1904. Their unit construction singles, which used a similar twin down-tube cradle frame and leading link forks, are equally revered. Another fine feature found on early FNs is the ‘trademark’ fuel tank, constructed from sheet brass. Until the mid-1920’s, FN were noted for their highly efficient shaft-drive transmission, setting them a league ahead of their main competitors. In this particular model the design enables the rear wheel to be removed leaving the shaft and gearing in place – what a blessing!

This FN, an apparently well preserved and authentic example of these expensive and beautifully engineered machines, was discovered in Belgium circa 1970 by the late Dr Helmut Krackowizer - widely renowned as writer, enthusiast, and historian. Thought to have spent some of its life in Vienna, this machine was acquired for a notable Austrian motorcycle collection in 1986. Following that acquisition some restoration work was completed at Workshop Rossi in Vienna before going on museum display. The machine has not been used since that museum display and the vendor advises that the machine will require work prior to re-commissioning. Particularly attractive features include the nickel-plated forks, leather tool box imprinted ‘Vien’, period sprung-mounted front lamp, oil can on rear mudguard, front and rear stands and a practical luggage carrier. The machine is believed to date from c.1914. Should further research confirm the year of manufacture as pre-1915, this will ensure eligibility for the prestigious Pioneer Run to Brighton.

Saleroom notices

  • The FN marque specialist informs us this machine dates from 1914.
c.1914 FN 204cc  Frame no. 43454
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