The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K

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Lot 418
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. KH 825 Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 31,743) inc. premium
The property of Richard Hammond
1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination
Registration no. KH 825
Frame no. B9481
Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
• Handsome Vintage-era motorcycle combination
• Professionally restored in 2013
• Formerly owned by the New Imperial Club's founder and chairman

Builder of the last British-made machine to win the Lightweight 250 TT in the pre-war era (in 1936), New Imperial was unsurpassed for innovation during the 1930s, introducing models featuring pivoted fork rear suspension and unitary construction of the engine and gearbox. The marque had been established in 1900 when Norman Downs acquired a cycle company in Birmingham, which he reorganised as New Imperial Cycles. In racing, New Imperial concentrated on the 250 class, winning the Isle of Man TT for 250cc machines in 1921 and their first Lightweight TT in 1924, a feat repeated the following year. On the commercial front, the late 1920s saw production facilities expand and proprietary engines abandoned in favour of New Imperial's own power units.

After an abortive experiment in 1901, New Imperial had recommenced motorcycle production in 1910 with a 293cc, sidevalve, JAP-engined model equipped with two-speed countershaft gearbox. Thanks to its willing engine and versatile transmission, the Model I - or Light Tourist - was an immense success for the Birmingham firm and remained in production well into the 1920s, by which time it had been joined in the range by an equally popular JAP-engined v-twin - initially of 6hp but latterly of 8hp - intended mainly for sidecar pulling duties.

The New Imperial twin had been conceived as a sidecar outfit in 1916 to War Office order for shipment to Britain's Russian allies, only for the 1917 Communist Revolution to scupper the plan. A large machine even by the standards of its day, the imposing New Imp combination owed its generous proportions to contractual specifications that called for a minimum ground clearance of 6", with other dimensions scaled up accordingly. Its military origins notwithstanding, the twin remained in production after World War I (as the 'Model 7' from 1922) and was last catalogued in 1925 priced at around £100.

A fabulous example, this New Imperial 8hp Model 7 motorcycle combination was beautifully restored in 2013 by a very well-known company that restores Vintage Rolls-Royce motor cars. It has always been attached to the sidecar and has tax discs dating back to the 1920s to back this up. Very well known to the New Imperial Club, 'KH 825 was formerly owned by the Club's founder and chairman before passing to a very famous and most fastidious collector. It is said to start very easily and ride well, while the sidecar is easily detached leaving the fortunate rider with a wonderful and quite potent solo motorcycle. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate, this simply gorgeous Vintage-era combination would be ideal for participation in next year's Banbury Run and other suitable events.

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 V5C will be forwarded to the buyer following the sale.
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The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
The property of Richard Hammond,1925 New Imperial 8hp Model 7 Motorcycle Combination Frame no. B9481 Engine no. KT/A 38560/K
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