Bonhams : 1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed   Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947

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Lot 495
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed
Registration no. BS 8085 Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 11,861) inc. premium
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed
Registration no. BS 8085
Frame no. D387
Engine no. LM 947
• A fine, unspoiled example of one of the better quality lightweight veterans
• Very little use since restoration c.1990/91

The enterprising Charles Riley Garrard, a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, who cooperated with T W Blumfield to build an electric carriage in 1893, was working at the Gladiator motorised tricycle works in Paris in 1894, where he made the acquaintance of Adolphe Clement, whose engine units were used in the Gladiator. It was a productive meeting, Garrard returning to England and becoming both the importer of Clement's engines and fitting them into his own motorised bicycles, whose frames were made by the young Norton Manufacturing Company, founded in 1898. Their close relationship is evidenced by a 'Norton Motor Bike' advertisement in "Motor Cycling" magazine of 1902, giving the address of the company as The Garrard Depot, Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham.

The engine is mounted on the front down tube of the bicycle and features automatic inlet and mechanically operated exhaust valves, while an outside flywheel results in slim crankcase castings. Drive to the rear wheel on this single speed model is by direct belt, tensioned by a jockey pulley.

This example was purchased as a recently restored machine in 1991, since when it has covered very few miles, thanks to the vendor's demanding business life and then retirement to Wales, where the terrain suggests riding should be enjoyed on a motorcycle with both a gearbox to aid hill climbing and effective brakes to deal with descents. It has been dry stored, and the engine is free and turns over readily. The machine comes with a Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Register certificate and a current V5C. Potential buyers should assess the work necessary to make the machine ready to be ridden in appropriate events such as the Pioneer Run. Included with the documentation is a copy of the contemporary period "Notes on Driving" to further the knowledge of the new owner.

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 D4387. The registration plate has detached in transit, however it is available at the documents desk.
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1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed   Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed   Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed   Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed   Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947
1903 Clement-Garrard 143cc Single Speed   Frame no. D387 Engine no. LM 947
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