1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910

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Lot 419
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model,
Registration no. WW 2072 Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 12,275) inc. premium
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model

Registration no. WW 2072
Frame no. 3337
Engine no. 2910
• Ultra-rare sports roadster
• First registered by Phelon & Moore Ltd
• Matching numbers
• Ownership history traceable back to 1929
• Present ownership since 1972

Phelon & Moore (P&M) first entered the Isle of Man TT races in 1924, though, embarrassingly, their two machines in the Senior event were eliminated when they collided! P&M fared much better the following year when Tommy Bullus finished a creditable 4th in the Senior on what was virtually a standard road model. The firm lost no time in introducing a TT Model to the range for the first time.

This ultra-rare P&M TT Model was first registered in May 1927 by Phelon & Moore Ltd, a copy of whose letter to the Wakefield licensing authority (recording the frame, engine, and registration numbers) is on file. Believed sold new by George Clark Motors, it has the triangulated frame, introduced on the 1926 works machines and carried over to the 1927 'TT Panther' sports roadster, and the twin-port engine, another new-for-'27 feature. A certificate testifying to an 85 or 90mph lap of Brooklands could be supplied by the works at extra cost.
Well-known rider/engineer John Catchpole owned 'WW 2072' between 1929 and 1931 when he sold it to Len Shardlow of Steeple Bumpstead in Essex, who kept it until 1967. John Catchpole recalled that he used to thrash Len Shardlow's Ivory Calthorpe on the local bypass on the P&M. He remembered it had André dampers fitted to the Leckie saddle and that it had a variable main jet at that time. He said it was 'rather a beast to steer over 60mph, and the inlet valves used to wear very quickly and used to cost then 15/- each!' Len Shardlow is the first of three owners recorded in the accompanying old-style continuation logbook (issued in the 1960s), the current vendor, who acquired the machine in 1972, being the last.

Restored between 1972 and 1977, and unused since 1992, 'WW 2072' retains its original P&M instrument bar, Cowey trip speedometer, Miller electric headlamp, P&M cast aluminium silencers, and Leckie damped saddle. It is currently fitted with A standard Sturmey Archer three-speed gearbox and the later two-piece chain guard. The original P&M four-speed gearbox, original one-piece chain guard, and spare exhaust pipes are supplied. Offered with a quantity of old MoTs and tax discs, assorted photocopied literature, and an old-style V5C document, 'WW 2072' represents a wonderful opportunity to own one of these ultra-rare Vintage-era P&M sports roadsters.

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 frame number is 2232.
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1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
1927 P&M 3½hp TT Model, Frame no. 3337 Engine no. 2910
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