1920 Hobart 293cc Frame no. TS 814 Engine no. 2016968

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Lot 360
1920 Hobart 293cc
Registration no. JKX 26 Frame no. TS 814 Engine no. 2016968

Sold for £ 4,140 (US$ 5,572) inc. premium
1920 Hobart 293cc
Registration no. JKX 26
Frame no. TS 814
Engine no. 2016968
Cycle manufacturer Hobart, Bird & Co Ltd was founded in Wolverhampton in the 1880s but soon moved to Coventry. In 1901 the firm began experimenting with powered two-wheelers, and by 1911 was able to claim in its advertising that more than 50,000 cycles and motorcycles had been produced. Early examples used Dalton & Wade vertical four-stroke engines with automatic inlet valves. The firm switched to an all two-stroke range for 1915 and after WWI used proprietary engines supplied by Villiers, JAP and Blackburne. Like its bicycles, Hobart’s motorcycles enjoyed a reputation for superior build quality and the firm supplied engines and components to other manufacturers as well as building an autocycle for McKenzie. Hobarts also performed well in competitions, one example setting a 100-mile record at Brooklands in 1911. Sadly, Hobart was one of the casualties of early 1920s economic downturn and was absorbed by Coventry neighbours Rex-Acme in 1923.

This JAP-engined Hobart was purchased by the current owner at Brooks’ Beaulieu sale in July 1999 (Lot 136) being described at that time as ‘a barn discovery from long ownership and with displayed tax disc suggesting last used in 1967.’ The machine was ‘offered for restoration in substantially complete order and to catalogue specification.’ Restored by the current vendor and completed in 2001, ‘JKX 26’ is presented in generally good condition and offered with sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5.

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  • The engine number is: 20/6968 and not as previously catalogued.
1920 Hobart 293cc Frame no. TS 814 Engine no. 2016968
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