1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127
Lot 233
1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four
Registration no. 718 UYB Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127
Sold for £ 20,700 (US$ 26,297) inc. premium

Lot Details
1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127 1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four Frame no. 13122 Engine no. 10127
1955 Nimbus 750cc Model C Four
Registration no. 718 UYB
Frame no. 13122
Engine no. 10127
• Rare Danish four-cylinder motorcycle
• Engine rebuilt 2008-2009
• Further restoration completed 2016
• Substantial history file

The result of diversification by the Danish vacuum cleaner manufacturer, Fisker & Nielsen, the Nimbus motorcycle first appeared in 1919; unusually, only inline four-cylinder models were built. These were of advanced design, using shaft final drive and pressed steel frames right from the start of production, and pioneered the use of the telescopic front fork in the mid-1930s. The early models featured a distinctive tubular spine frame that doubled as the fuel tank, soon gaining the nickname 'stovepipe'. Motorcycle production was suspended in 1928 to enable the company to concentrate on producing its Nilfisk vacuum cleaners, and when the new Nimbus appeared in 1934 it was with a power unit that showed strong motor-industry influence, being constructed along car lines with integral crankcase/cylinder block in cast iron and a detachable alloy sump. The cast-iron cylinder head was topped by an alloy housing for the single overhead camshaft, the latter being driven by shaft-and-bevel gears. A single-plate clutch transmitted power to the three-speed gearbox. Foot change for the gearbox, a beefier front fork and larger brakes had been added by the end of the 1930s, but from then on, the Nimbus changed little until series production was ended in 1954, once again to free up resources for the vacuum cleaner business. An additional few machines were assembled from spares between 1954 and 1959 but none have been made since then. Production was always on a limited scale, but such is the quality of the Nimbus that many remain in service today.

First registered in the UK in May 1987, this example was acquired in June 2016 from Alexander Taylor who had owned it since November 2008; Miklos is the third owner in the UK. An extensive engine overhaul had already been carried out (in 2008-2009) using parts sourced from Rombach & Nielsen and Aarhus Nimbus in Denmark (bills on file). The Nimbus was in 'oily rag' condition when purchased and Miklos went on to complete its restoration. The wheels were rebuilt by Hagon using stainless steel spokes, while the paintwork was shared between Cycle Sprays of Cranleigh and Ooey Custom Paint of Camberley, the colour chosen being period-correct Withered Green.

Invoices relating to the restoration and other works may be found in the machine's substantial file, which also contains service bills (most recent dated March 2017), miscellaneous technical and historical information, and the V5C Registration Certificate. Various instruction manuals are included in the sale together with a copy of Real Classics magazine (August 2017 edition) featuring this actual machine.

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.
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