1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445

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Lot 74
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo
Engine no. 16445

Sold for US$ 19,550 inc. premium
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo

Engine no. 16445

John Marston's Sunbeam had a reputation of producing high quality motorcycles. By combining their short stroke engine with the chassis of the lighter "long stroke" (77 x 105.5 mm) engine and gearbox, a touring motorcycle was produced, the Model 5 Light Solo.

The 1926 Sunbeam Model 5 retained the old-style flat tank but still was an attractive motorcycle for its day. The high quality fit and finish of the motorcycles were still a hallmark from the original days. High gloss black paint and gold leaf striping on the tank still embellished the motorcycle with the Sunbeam logo proudly applied to the tank sides.

The Sunbeam designed engine was a 500cc side valve motor that developed 3 ½ hp, and the engine was an integral part of the stress frame comprising the chassis. This engine has been fully overhauled with fresh bearings, pinions and pistons. A 3-speed gearbox was actuated by a hand shift. Both primary and final drive chains ran in Sunbeam's "Little Oil Bath" cases, maintaining the chains both clean and lubricated. Another benefit was the rider, on the Gentleman's Machine, was kept clean from oil and debris from the chains. Druid forks provided the suspension up front while an electric headlamp brightened the road ahead at night. Both spark advance, choke and throttle are controlled by thumb levers, an experience to enjoy.

This 1926 Sunbeam is a wonderful restoration of a late Veteran British motorcycle that is to be enjoyed both visually and through the riding experience. It is in excellent running condition and has been used on several vintage runs in the scenic northwest. Logbooks, books and manuals are included in this sale.

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  • Please note that this bike is titled under its engine number.
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1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445
1926 Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo Engine no. 16445
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