Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121

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Lot 226
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc
Registration no. TS 897 Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 11,889) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1915 Connaught 293cc
Registration no. TS 897
Frame no. None visible
Engine no. 121
'Producer of excellent 293cc and 347cc two-stroke singles with belt and chain drive to the rear wheel. The range of models became larger when Connaught introduced 1925 models with 348cc sv and ohv Blackburne and ohv Bradshaw (oil-cooled) engines. Bert Perrigo, who afterwards went to BSA, and Jack Sprosen were among leading Connaught riders.' – Tragatsch.

First seen in 1912, Connaught motorcycles were built by the Bordesley Engineering Company of Birmingham, whose first offering was a 293cc two-stroke single. Like the four-strokes of the time, early two-stroke engines relied on hand-pumped lubrication, with oil being delivered from a separate compartment within the fuel tank. Connaught though, was among the first to use 'petroil' lubrication, whereby oil is mixed with the petrol, which would become the accepted method and remain so for several decades. However, a hand pump was retained, presumably to allay fears about possible unreliability. Connaught motorcycles were last produced in 1926.

This particular Connaught lightweight has the two-speed Sturmey-Archer hub gear, and is equipped with a BTH magneto and Senspray carburettor. An older restoration, 'TS 897' will require re-commissioning before returning to the road and thus is sold strictly as viewed. The machine is offered with a post-restoration b/w photograph and an old-style V5 registration document.

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Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1915 Connaught 293cc Frame no. None visible Engine no. 121
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