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Lot 448: 1937 Reliant-JAP Van

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (24 April 2005)

When Raleigh ceased manufacture of its Safety Seven trike in 1936, designer Tom Williams set up Reliant Engineering to continue production in van form, at first with a JAP engine rather than the original Raleigh v-twin. Motorcycle power units were soon abandoned in favour of the four-cylinder Austin Seven engine, production and development of the latter being taken over by Reliant in 1939.
Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this Reliant Van is one of the rare JAP v-twin powered models built for around 18 months before the adoption of the Austin engine. Mortons Media Group acquired it in 2002 with the intention of featuring its restoration in their publication Heritage Commercials. A previous restoration had been attempted, because the bodywork has been either partially or fully rebuilt. At considerable cost, Mortons had the brass-framed, ‘honeycomb’ radiator rebuilt, but unfortunately, after the vehicle had been stripped down to its main components, a change in editorship resulted in the project being shelved. The engine turns over freely, the bores being in fine condition and the pistons looking as if they could be new, while the girder fork is reported as free and in good condition. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number448
Estimate£500-£1000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£230
Year1937
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