1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933

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Lot 323
1929 New Imperial 350cc
Registration no. BF 4581 Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933

Sold for £ 7,130 (US$ 9,306) inc. premium
1929 New Imperial 350cc
Registration no. BF 4581
Frame no. 48/3142/2
Engine no. 48/10933
Builder of the last British-made machine to win the Lightweight 250 TT (in 1936) New Imperial was unsurpassed for innovation during the 1930s, with models featuring pivoted fork rear suspension and unitary construction of engine and gearbox. The marque was established in 1900 when Norman Downs acquired a cycle company in Birmingham, which he reorganised as New Imperial Cycles. The firm's first motorcycles, designed along Werner lines, were shown at the 1901 Stanley Show in London but were not well received. Not until 1910 did Downs try again, launching a conventional JAP-powered model - the Light Tourist - that would prove an outstanding success. In racing, New Imperial concentrated on the 250 class, winning the Isle of Man TT trophy for 250cc machines in 1921 and their first Lightweight TT in 1924, a feat repeated the following year. On the commercial front, the late 1920s saw production facilities expand and proprietary engines abandoned in favour of New Imperial's own power units.

Restored in May 2012, this New Imperial-engined 350 previously belonged to Mr Russell Montgomery, a prominent Birmingham collector, was purchased from Spurrier-Smith Antiques of Worksworth, Derbyshire, its owners since April 2016. The machine was last run earlier this year and is described by the private vendor as in good condition throughout. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of old MoTs (most recent expired 2013), a V5C registration Certificate, and a selection of pre-restoration photographs. An original New Imperial Handbook is included in the sale.

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 48/3141/2.
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1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
1929 New Imperial 350cc Frame no. 48/3142/2 Engine no. 48/10933
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