Bonhams : Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)

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Lot 284
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2
Registration no. PAU 413R Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X & 700S/2/46 (see text)

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 11,861) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new
1977 Silk 700S Mark 2
Registration no. PAU 413R
Frame no. 700S/2/44
Engine no. 500/SS/1X & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Engineer George Silk turned motorcycle manufacturer in 1975 with the 700S, a Spondon-framed sports roadster powered by his own Scott-based engine. Production continued until 1980, by which time 138 complete machines had been built, latterly as the 'Mark 2' with partly black-finished engine.

This ultra-rare British two-stroke was purchased new by its late owner in 1977. He received a sales brochure from Silk in January 1977, subsequently placing an order for the machine with a £100 deposit in February of that same year. The balance of payment was invoiced in July 1977 and the machine delivered that month (see correspondence and invoice on file).

Following delivery, the Silk was used on the road and also extensively in sprints and hill-climbs. So much so that an exchange of information commenced between the owner and George Silk on the tuning and performance of the machine. The culmination of this development work was the provision of what is believed to be one of only two special 500cc short-stroke engines built by Silk. This short-stroke motor was duly installed in 'PAU 413R' and remains in it to this day. Used in competition, the new engine was believed to produce more power with less vibration at high revs.

As mentioned in the description of the owner's 1916 Norton BRS (Lot 243 in this sale) he passed away in 1994. Following his death the Silk was kept on display inside the house and the engine turned over at regular intervals. The machine has not been started since that time and, in view of the lack of use in recent years, will require re-commissioning and basic safety checks before returning to the road or track. With one owner from new, the Silk has covered only 5,720 miles since it left the factory.

Accompanying paperwork consists of the aforementioned correspondence and original sales invoice; an old-style V5 document; an expired MoT certificate; two sales brochures; an owner's handbook/file; and miscellaneous invoices/papers. The original 653cc engine is included in the sale also.
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Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
Property of a deceased's estate; one owner from new,1977 Silk 700S Mark 2 Frame no. 700S/2/44 Engine no. 500/SS/1X  & 700S/2/46 (see text)
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