1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733
Lot 271
1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster
Registration no. OU 5004 Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733
Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 21,669) inc. premium

Lot Details
1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733 1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster Frame no. 39991 Engine no. 2733
1930 Rudge 499cc Ulster
Registration no. OU 5004
Frame no. 39991
Engine no. 2733
Effectively a road-going replica of the 1929 works machine, Rudge's famous Ulster was produced in this form for only one year. If purchased with the optional tuned engine, the 1930 Ulster Grand Prix model cost £85 and was guaranteed to do 100mph, a phenomenal achievement for a road-going '500' at that time; survivors are rare, with most being in racing trim.

The current vendor bought the Rudge in 1986 from Mr James Seaward of Prestwich, Lancashire (its third private owner), who had acquired the machine in 1937 and stored it in his shed from 1941 onwards. The restoration to original specification, which included reinstalling the original engine, was finished in 1996. The original registration number was then reissued by the DVLA, and the Ulster returned to the road for the first time in over 50 years. At the 1996 Rudge Enthusiasts Club Rally, 'OU 5004' received the Griffiths Cup concours award for its restoration. Since then it has been used for club runs, the VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes at Brands Hatch, and Motorcycle World at Beaulieu. It has also been exhibited at many events including - by invitation - the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival meetings on five occasions. For the last few years the Rudge has seen little use on account of the owner's back problem, hence the reluctant decision to sell. The Maglita was professionally overhauled a couple of years ago, and the machine last ran earlier this year.

Accompanying paperwork consists of the original old-style logbook, DVLA and REC correspondence, old/current V5/V5C documents, and the vendor's hand-written description of the works carried out during the restoration.

Footnotes

  • The Engine Number is 273319.
    As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The Engine Number is 273319.
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