1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566

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Lot 116
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin
Engine no. 5566

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 9,847) inc. premium
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin
Engine no. 5566
Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, Moto-Rêve made complete motorcycles and proprietary engines for sale to other manufacturers between 1904 and 1925, setting up a UK-based subsidiary that manufactured motorcycles under the 'Alp' name. Pioneers of the small-capacity v-twin, Moto-Rêve made much of its products' lack of weight, advertising a complete machine weighing just 39kgs (86lbs), of which the power unit complete with magneto and carburettor accounted for just 13kgs (29lbs). In common with many of their contemporaries, early Moto-Rêve engines used 'atmospheric' inlet valves, the side exhaust valve being opened mechanically, and were secured to the frame by clamps, an arrangement that facilitated their installation by other manufacturers. Extremely well made, these jewel-like little engines incorporated gear drive for cams and magneto. Discovered in a garage in Andalusia, Spain, this rare Edwardian lightweight is offered for sale by an Italian private collector. The machine requires re-commissioning (at the very least) or possibly more extensive restoration and thus is sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is: 5520. Thorough and careful recommissioning and safety checks advised before returning to the road.
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1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566
1909 Moto-Rêve 2½hp V-Twin Engine no. 5566
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