Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292

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Lot 528
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project
Registration no. not registered Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292

Sold for £ 5,750 (US$ 7,474) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. 60532T
Engine no. 1292
Like BSA, La Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre ('FN' for short) began as a munitions manufacturer, turning to the production of motorcycles around 1900. Best known for its sensational four-cylinder models, the first of which appeared in 1905, the Belgian company demonstrated the same innovative spirit in the design of its singles, being among the first to adopt unitary construction of engine and gearbox, permitting the use of geared primary drive. FN produced both chain- and shaft-driven bicycles and soon applied the latter transmission system to its motorcycles. In 1900 the firm's first powered two-wheeler was produced by mounting a clip-on engine in a bicycle frame, and in December the following year the first production model arrived, powered by a 133cc single-cylinder engine. FN's single-cylinder models evolved gradually, growing in size firstly to 188cc and then 224cc, before arriving at 285cc in 1913, by which the atmospheric inlet valve had given way to a mechanically operated one. Variable-pulley transmission had been introduced on the belt-driven singles in 1907 but would be superseded by shaft drive in 1910, its introduction coinciding with that of the two-speed gearbox.

The machine offered here has a 285T frame dating from circa 1920 and a 285TT engine manufactured around 1923. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, it comes with a folder containing correspondence, notes, bills, and photocopied literature.

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Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1920 FN 285cc Model 285 Single Project Frame no. 60532T Engine no. 1292
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