1924 Sunbeam Model 5 Frame no. 08184 Engine no. 245162315

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Lot 31
1924 Sunbeam Model 5
Frame no. 08184 Engine no. 245162315

Sold for US$ 13,225 inc. premium
1924 Sunbeam Model 5

Frame no. 08184
Engine no. 245162315

John Marston reluctantly entered the motorcycle industry in 1912 when he was 76 years old, but instilled superb quality and exceptional finishes in his products. These qualities became the hallmark of his Sunbeam motorcycles, and with their glistening black paint finished in gold leaf striping they had to have been extremely pleasing to the eye, even to non-motorcyclists. The Sunbeam was marketed as the "Gentleman's Machine" yet the company produced some nice sporting motorcycles and owners competed in many events onboard their Sunbeams.

1924 brought about several changes in the Sunbeam motorcycles and they were numbered Model 1 through Model 11.

This 3 ½ hp Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo was fully restored by Mickey Peters of British Motorcycle Service in Bakersfield, California. The 500cc sidevalve single cylinder engine of Sunbeam's own design is connected to a 4-speed gearbox. A signature of Sunbeam motorcycles is the enclosed chain which keeps the rider in fine fettle upon arriving at his destination and extends the life of the drive chain. A beautifully sculptured gas tank rests between the frame rails of the motorcycle in typical fashion for British motorcycles of this Veteran period, except this tank is a piece of artwork to be appreciated like a Monet. Up front, a set of Druid forks cancel out the roughness of the roads with an acetylene lamp to light the way at night. This period British motorcycle used thumb levers to control the spark advance and throttle, unlike the twist grip throttles found on American motorcycles. The finish reflects the enjoyment of use and there is much original nickel plating on the motorcycle with original leather panniers.

This Sunbeam Model 5 is a gorgeous motorcycle to own and admire, and to be admired by others. More importantly, enjoy the ride.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct engine number for this bike is 24516231S.
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1924 Sunbeam Model 5 Frame no. 08184 Engine no. 245162315
1924 Sunbeam Model 5 Frame no. 08184 Engine no. 245162315
1924 Sunbeam Model 5 Frame no. 08184 Engine no. 245162315
1924 Sunbeam Model 5 Frame no. 08184 Engine no. 245162315
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