Bonhams : 1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835

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Lot 649
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp
Registration no. NY 4703 Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 10,378) inc. premium
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp
Registration no. NY 4703
Frame no. 5754
Engine no. 53835
• Known ownership since 1932
• Last taxed in 1947
• Present ownership since 1988

Britain's best-known and longest-lived bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from circa 1902 to 1905, and again from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. Raleigh's first powered two-wheeler looked very much like the contemporary Werner, carrying its engine in front of the steering head with drive being transmitted via belt to a large diameter pulley clipped to the spokes of the front wheel. Already obsolete, that first Raleigh was soon superseded by a range of more conventional machines, the first of which appeared at the 1903 Motor Cycle Show. Sales must have been disappointing though, for only two years later Raleigh announced its complete withdrawal from the motorcycle market. The firm was back immediately after The Great War with a horizontally-opposed inline twin of advanced design, and during the 1920s the Raleigh range would expand to include machines of a wide variety of capacities and types, ranging from a 175cc unitary construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin. One of the mainstays was the 350cc, 2¾hp model, a compact sidevalve-engined lightweight that, while not devastatingly fast 'flat out', accelerated briskly and handled well by the standards of its day.

This Raleigh '350' was first registered on 11th December 1924 and comes with an old-style continuation logbook issued in April 1932. At that time the machine was registered to one Thomas John Larimore of Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan. On 2nd November 1938 the Raleigh was registered to a neighbour, Clifford Oswald Johns, only to be repurchased by Mr Larimore on 9th October 1946. On 12th June 1988 the machine was sold to the current vendor by Mr W F Jones, a beneficiary of T J Larimore.

'NY 4703' was last taxed in September 1947 and is still resident in Aberdare, all its owners living within a two-mile radius of one another. Amazingly, in February 2019, after checking the magneto and rigging up a slave fuel supply, the vendor was able to start the Raleigh and ride it around the yard! The machine is presented today in totally original and unmolested condition, ripe for sympathetic restoration. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style V5 and the aforementioned logbook. We are advised by the vendor that the registration 'NY 4703' is recorded in the DVLA database.

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 5383.
Contacts
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
1924 Raleigh 2¾hp Frame no. 5754 Engine no. 53835
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