1947 Excelsior 98cc Autobyk Frame no. A1/4765 Engine no. 5546

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Lot 266
1947 Excelsior 98cc Autobyk
Registration no. 793 UXC Frame no. A1/4765 Engine no. 5546

Sold for £ 1,437 (US$ 1,881) inc. premium
1947 Excelsior 98cc Autobyk
Registration no. 793 UXC
Frame no. A1/4765
Engine no. 5546
Like most other pioneers of Britain's motorcycle industry Excelsior fitted European manufacturers' proprietary engines at first before turning to home-produced power plants - mainly Villiers, JAP, and Blackburne. Acquired by R Walker & Sons in 1919, Excelsior moved from Coventry to Birmingham. The Walkers believed in the value of racing for development and publicity, and the revitalised company was soon making its mark in competition, early successes including a number of World Records set at Brooklands by Tony Worters on 250cc and 350cc JAP-engined machines in 1926. Excelsior offered an extensive range of machines in numerous different capacities throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the 98cc Villiers-powered Autobyk being the smallest in the range on its introduction for 1938. The model resumed production after WW2 and the Autobyk line-up soon expanded to include models powered by Excelsior's own Goblin (two-speed) and Sprite (single-speed) engine units. The Autobyk in its various forms remained a fixture of the Excelsior range until production ceased at the end of 1956.

Acquired for the London Motorcycle Museum in June 2006, this nicely restored Autobyk was last taxed to the end of May 2005. The machine is offered with an old-style V5C Registration Certificate.

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1947 Excelsior 98cc Autobyk Frame no. A1/4765 Engine no. 5546
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