Bonhams : c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127

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Lot 579
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial
Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127

Sold for £ 7,360 (US$ 9,305) inc. premium
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial
Frame no. 45690
Engine no. 127
In 1910 Rudge designed their first motorcycle, and from the first they adopted state-of-the-art ideas such as the inlet-over-exhaust design for cylinder heads. They followed with the Rudge-Multi variable gear, and won the Senior Isle of Man TT in 1914. They were one of the first to provide a four-speed gearbox, four-valve cylinder heads, and interconnected brakes, not to mention the lever-operated centre stand. Four-valve cylinder heads featured on the 500s and 350 in 1930, and for 1931 the four-valve radial head was also adopted for the 250. Additionally, they offered an optional coil ignition system which is used on this machine. It was purchased by the vendor in 1977 (receipt on file). Over the intervening time it has been used every year, until approximately five years ago, for road use, on VMCC runs, events, and local shows in addition to a trip to the Isle of Man. It should be noted that the owner used this machine in conjunction with a V5C which did not match the machine's details, and a new owner will need to register the bike in order to use it on the road. Unfortunately, due to advancing years, the vendor feels it is time to let a new owner have custody of it. Unused for approximately five years, it is presently on SORN. Consequently, although the battery has been kept charged, the Rudge will require a degree of re-commissioning before use by a new owner. Documentation comprises the aforementioned purchase receipt only.

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  • 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 VMCC Rudge marque specialist advises us that the machine was manufactured in 1931 and dispatched with coil ignition as standard.
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c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
c.1931 Rudge Whitworth 249cc Radial Frame no. 45690 Engine no. 127
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