1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C

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Lot 302
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police
Registration no. BF 7137 Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C

Sold for £ 68,700 (US$ 91,667) inc. premium
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police
Registration no. BF 7137
Frame no. 41521
Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
• Rare Vintage-era v-twin
• Supplied new to Australia
• Restored over 30 years ago
• Highly original

Established in Victorian times as a bicycle manufacturer, Coventry-Eagle built a diverse range of motorcycles using proprietary (mainly JAP) engines from 1901 onwards, though machines only began to be produced in significant numbers after WWI. Six Coventry-Eagles were offered for 1923, all JAP-powered except for a Blackburne-engined 350, ranging from the formidable Flying-8 to the diminutive S14 Ultra-Lightweight. Most famous of these was the Flying-8 which, with its 1.0-litre JAP v-twin engine and muscular good looks, was a worthy rival for the Brough Superior and a formidable Brooklands racing machine. Introduced in 1923, the Flying-8 was not Coventry-Eagle's first v-twin but it was the first to establish a sporting reputation thanks to its special 981cc sidevalve engine that guaranteed a top speed of 80mph, an exceptional performance at the time. Motor Cycle's tester found that the Flying-8 was tractable, comfortable and handled well in town, while 'on the open road, as one would expect, it is possible to annihilate space on the merest whiff of gas...'

In 1926 the sidevalve version was joined by a new and even faster overhead-valve engined Flying-8, again JAP powered. Within a few years however, the onset of the Depression had forced Coventry-Eagle to change tack, the firm concentrating on bread-and-butter lightweights until it ceased motorcycle production in 1939. The last overhead-valve Flying-8 left the factory in 1930 and the final sidevalve model the following year. Compared with the rival Brough Superior, Flying-8 survivors are relatively few.

This magnificent Flying-8 is believed to be one supplied to Australia in 1930 for use by the Victoria State Police. A Model F150 Flying-8 Police, it has the high-performance JAP 8/30hp 4-cam sidevalve engine and would have been a formidable high-speed pursuit machine in its day. The Flying-8 was restored over 30 years ago and was in intermittent use on Australian Vintage runs up to 2012. Imported into the UK on behalf of the Australian owner for use in this country, it received an age-related registration in 2014 and in 2015 completed an 80-mile VMCC run. The machine has been stored in a heated garage since then and is now surplus to requirements, hence the decision to sell; it has been serviced and recently completed a 100-mile test run. A weak electrical charge is the only fault notified. Accompanying documentation consists of a dating certificate, NOVA declaration, and a V5C Registration Certificate.

Footnotes

  • There is no dating certificate with this Lot.
    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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  • There is no dating certificate with this Lot.
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1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
1930 Coventry-Eagle 996cc Flying-8 Model F150 Police Frame no. 41521 Engine no. KTCY/W94682/C
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