1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801
Lot 208
1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four
Registration no. ME 9510 Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801
Sold for £28,750 (US$ 38,383) inc. premium

Lot Details
1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801 1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801 1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801 1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801 1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801 1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four Frame no. 74226 Engine no. 2801
1923 FN 8hp 750 T Four
Registration no. ME 9510
Frame no. 74226
Engine no. 2801
Today FN is best remembered for its sensational four-cylinder models, the first of which appeared in 1904 and was first exhibited at the 1905 Paris Cycle Show. Designed by Paul Kelecom, the FN was the world's first practical four-cylinder motorcycle, its smooth, almost-vibrationless operation setting it apart from rival singles and v-twins. Advanced for its day, the 362cc air-cooled four featured 'atmospheric' inlet and mechanical (side) exhaust valves; a robust five-bearing crankshaft, individual crankcase oil wells ensuring adequate lubrication for the connecting rods; and reliable Bosch magneto ignition. Shaft final drive was another innovation. The Type 700 was developed in 1914 and had not been in production long before the FN works was seized by the invading German Army in the autumn of 1914. The occupying Germans used the FN factory to manufacture ammunition while continuing production of the Type 700, which had a top speed of around 45mph and was widely used by despatch riders. The model remained in production up to 1923 when it was replaced by an IOE four featuring overhead inlet valves. Chain drive was adopted soon after.

This wonderful FN Four is one of the rare versions with the IOE engine and shaft drive. The machine previously belonged to Mr Philip Hughes of Gronant, Prestatyn (who had owned it since 1997 and restored it) and was purchased from him by the current vendor via Yeoman's Motorcycles in 2013. Accompanying documentation consists of the 2013 purchase receipt, old-style continuation logbook (issued 1945), and a V5C Registration Certificate.

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