1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster' Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136

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Lot 425
1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster'
Registration no. CFG 849 Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136

£ 8,000 - 10,000
US$ 11,000 - 14,000
Amended
1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster'
Registration no. CFG 849
Frame no. 64110
Engine no. 03136
The 'Ulster' was the Coventry Rudge-Whitworth factory's top sports roadster, its title honoring Graham Walker's historic victory in the 1928 Ulster Grand Prix, the first international road race to be won at an average speed more than 80mph. This example was purchased by Anthony Haines in 1964 for £16 (a copy of the receipt is available), his long-term ownership saw the machine developed to his engineering taste, fitting telescopic front forks and a well-engineered swinging arm rear suspension. The fitting of what appears to be a Triumph fuel tank complete with parcel grid confirms its owner's intention of developing it as a practical touring machine.

The machine is well known and respected in Rudge circles and was awarded the Harry Lake Trophy at the Rudge Enthusiasts' Club Annual Rally in 2001. In 2004 at the same REC event it won the shield for the Most Technically Interesting Machine. Photographs of these awards are available as part of the machine's provenance; the originals being retained by Mr Haines.

The last MOT certificate in the comprehensive records is dated 2013, since when the machine has not seen regular use. It was last run in August this year, after previously being dry stored, unused for five years it will naturally require thorough recommissioning. It comes with a VMCC letter confirming its 1938 origin and with reference to an incorrect prefix letter on the quoted engine number; it does in fact have the correct 'U' prefix and not 'O', which was a simple typographical error.

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: U3136 and not 03136 therefore, incorporates the correct engine number prefix. We are advised the machine is fitted with a Rudge Model Special type cylinder head. Such machines are sometimes referred to as "Spulsters". The term came into use post-War as the Special head is arguably easier to maintain with correct valve clearances when compared with the Ulster. The conversion involves the head, carburettor and the oil feed pipe as all other fittings are identical between both Ulster and Special models.
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1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster' Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136
1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster' Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136
1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster' Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136
1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster' Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136
1938 Rudge 500cc Model 'Ulster' Frame no. 64110 Engine no. 03136
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