Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995

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Lot 227
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text)
Registration no. YA 6877 Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995

Sold for £ 6,210 (US$ 8,539) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text)
Registration no. YA 6877
Frame no. 3662
Engine no. 3995
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.

Interestingly, this particular Connaught has the Burman three-speed gearbox, indicating that it may be an example of the ultra-rare one-year-only 3½hp (370cc) model of 1922. (It had not been possible positively to identify the machine at time of cataloguing; further research is recommended). Noteworthy features include a BTH magneto, Lucas acetylene lighting, and an XL-All Spring Carrier. Restored by the Sammy Miller Museum circa 1982, 'YA 6877' will require re-commissioning before returning to the road and thus is sold strictly as viewed. The machine is offered with sundry restoration invoices and an old-style V5 registration document.

Footnotes

  • 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 3993.
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Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1922 Connaught 3½hp (see text) Frame no. 3662 Engine no. 3995
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