1910 Bradbury 3½hp Project Engine no. 2359

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Lot 265
1910 Bradbury 3½hp Project
Registration no. C 4173 Engine no. 2359

£ 3,000 - 4,000
US$ 3,800 - 5,100
1910 Bradbury 3½hp Project
Registration no. C 4173
Engine no. 2359
Established in Oldham, Lancashire in 1852, Bradbury & Company Limited claimed to be the first manufacturer to build an 'All-British Motor Cycle and Tri-Car', its products having first been ridden successfully in 1898. Although destined not to survive beyond 1925, Bradbury had amassed an impressive tally of awards and records prior to WWI. 'Speed and Reliability' were claimed as special qualities, and any machine which simultaneously held the 'English and Irish End to End Sidecar Records' - 'at record speed and without a single mechanical stoppage' - must have had a lot going for it. The 3½hp Bradbury employed a single-cylinder sidevalve engine of 554cc and could be ordered in single-gear belt-driven form or with the refinements of hub gears and chain drive. Perhaps the model's most unusual feature was a crankcase integral with the frame 'ensuring better balance, greater strength and rigidity'.

This rare Veteran-era Bradbury was purchased recently by the current vendor as part of a 'job lot' together with a restored Sun Precision (his primary objective). First registered in Yorkshire, 'C 4173' had belonged to the previous owner since at least the 1960s, as evidenced by the accompanying old-style continuation logbook, and was in its present condition when acquired by him some 50 years ago (see photographs on file). The aforementioned logbook records the date of original registration as 3rd March 1921, this being shortly after the introduction of the Roads Act of 1920, which required local councils to register all vehicles at the time of licensing and to allocate a separate number to each. (Many vehicles, although in existence for several years in some cases, were only registered for the first time after the Act's passing). An accompanying letter, written by the VMCC's marque specialist, Mike Wills, confirms that this Bradbury dates from 1910.

The fuel tank is a copy of the original (now lost) while the engine - said to be in remarkably good condition - has a full complement of internals apart from the piston. The latter has been removed and is with the other detached components and spares, which also include valves and guides; cams and followers; a Philipson pulley; a Brown & Barlow carburettor and its control levers; and an ultra-rare original leather tool box with embossed 'Bradbury' logo. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with the aforementioned documentation, copy brochure/instructions, SORN and a current V5C document.
1910 Bradbury 3½hp Project Engine no. 2359
1910 Bradbury 3½hp Project Engine no. 2359
1910 Bradbury 3½hp Project Engine no. 2359
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