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Lot 610: 1924 Scott 498cc Super Squirrel

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

Bradford-born inventor Alfred Angas Scott’s experiments with two-stroke motorcycle engines began in the closing years of the 19th Century, leading to the grant of a patent in 1904. Scott’s original design for a vertical twin two-stroke engine incorporated the central flywheel with 180-degree overhung cranks and slim connecting rods that would characterise his products from then onwards. The first complete Scott motorcycle prototype followed in 1908, its twin-cylinder engine, two-speed foot-change gear and all-chain drive marking it out as an exceptionally advanced design for its day. Like most of their rivals, Scott recognised the value of publicity gained from success on the racetrack and particularly at the Isle of Man TT where it scored back-to-back victories in the 1912 and 1913 Senior events. The 1924 works bikes had featured ‘square’ engines of 68.25mm bore/stroke, and this new 498cc unit became available in the Super Squirrel introduced later in the year. This highly original and unmolested two-speed Super Squirrel was previously owned by one Alfred Mugleston, of Clifton Campville, Tamworth and was acquired by Eric Houseley in January 1998. The machine has been ridden since but not used on the road. Offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number610
Estimate£5000-£6000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5750
Year1924
Condition rating
Registration numberDAD 1C
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine numberY7200
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors