Property of a deceased's estate,1926 Raleigh 2¾hp Project Frame no. 25774 Engine no. M1465

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Lot 401
Property of a deceased's estate,1926 Raleigh 2¾hp Project
Registration no. YB 5549 Frame no. 25774 Engine no. M1465

Sold for £ 2,012 (US$ 2,530) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1926 Raleigh 2¾hp Project
Registration no. YB 5549
Frame no. 25774
Engine no. M1465
Britain's best-known bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from circa 1902 to 1905, and from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. During the 1920s Raleigh's line-up expanded to include machines of various capacities, both sidevalve and overhead-valve engined, ranging from a 175cc unitary construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin for sidecar pulling. One of the mainstays of the range was the popular '350', 2¾hp model, a compact sidevalve-engined lightweight that, while not devastatingly fast 'flat out', accelerated smartly and handled well by the standards of its day. Numerous different versions were offered over the years.

A typical Vintage-era Raleigh lightweight, this example is powered by a 348cc single-cylinder sidevalve engine and has a Sturmey-Archer countershaft gearbox and all-chain drive. It exemplifies the progression of motorcycle technology in the 1920s, having a drum rear brake yet retaining the outdated dummy belt-rim front stopper of its predecessors. Acquired by its late owner in October 2006, 'YB 5549' is incomplete and offered for restoration. The machine comes with a V5C Registration Certificate and is sold strictly as viewed.

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Property of a deceased's estate,1926 Raleigh 2¾hp Project Frame no. 25774 Engine no. M1465
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