Bonhams : 1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355

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Lot 613N
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve
Registration no. not registered Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355

Sold for £ 11,500 (US$ 14,826) inc. premium
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. 22980
Engine no. 43355
Formed by the acquisition in 1894 of the Rudge Cycle Company Ltd by the Pugh family's Whitworth Cycle Company, Rudge-Whitworth built its first motorcycle in 1910 and is best remembered for its pioneering use of four-valve cylinder heads. Rudge Whitworth's first four-valve production motorcycle appeared in 1924, and the company persevered with the layout until manufacture ceased at the outbreak of WW2. The motorcycling public's response to this new four-valve, four-speed model was enthusiastic, and by the end of 1924 twice as many machines had been produced as in 1923. The full potential of Rudge's four-valves-per-cylinder design was slow to emerge, but in 1928 Graham Walker's works '500' became the first motorcycle to win a road race - the Ulster Grand Prix - at an average speed in excess of 80mph, a feat which led to the introduction of the legendary 'Ulster' sports model. A variety of valve arrangements was tried across a variety of 250cc, 350cc and 500cc four-valve models as the range developed throughout the 1930s. Sadly, the marque did not re-emerge after WW2.

This early four-valve Rudge was purchased for the vendor's private collection some 30 years ago. Believed to be largely original, the machine is described by the vendor as in working order, having been cared for by the owner's in-house mechanic. There are no documents with this Lot.

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 VMCC Rudge marque specialists advises this machine is a 1927 500cc Sports model, as confirmed by the frame and engine numbers. The machine displays several 1927 features including the steering damper arrangement (which operates through the steering column using a wing nut) and two separate exhaust pipes into the 'Rudge Four' silencers.
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1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
1926 Rudge 500cc Four-Valve Frame no. 22980 Engine no. 43355
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