Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320

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Lot 704
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc
Registration no. XC 9176 Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 11,864) inc. premium
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus
c.1920 ABC 398cc
Registration no. XC 9176
Frame no. 1337
Engine no. 1320
Designed by Granville Bradshaw and produced by the Sopwith Aircraft Company, the ABC drew heavily on its designer's wartime experience in the development of air-cooled aero engines. A groundbreaking design, the ABC engine was a 398cc overhead-valve flat twin with integral four-speed gearbox. Legend has it that the power unit was designed in under three weeks, but Bradshaw did not stop there, going on to pen the duplex loop frame and sprung front and rear forks that marked out the ABC as one of the most advanced motorcycles of its day. It was fast too, J L E Emerson breaking the one-hour record twice at Brooklands, the second time at an average speed of 70.44mph, a feat that necessitated exceeding 80mph on occasions. Despite these successes, this promising design was hamstrung by production difficulties and price increases, just 3,000-or-so being made up to 1921 when the Sopwith factory ceased manufacture, though production of a modified version was continued by Gnome & Rhone in France.

An older restoration, this ABC is presented in 'barn find' condition, ripe for sympathetic renovation. The machine's mechanical condition is not known; accordingly, prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves with regard to its condition, completeness, correctness, or otherwise prior to bidding. Accompanying paperwork consists of an HPI printout and a V5C document.

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Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
Offered from the Collection of the Late Peter McManus, c.1920 ABC 398cc Frame no. 1337 Engine no. 1320
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