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Lot 629: c.1927 Raleigh 349cc

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

Britain’s best-known bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from 1899 to 1905, and from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. During the 1920s Raleigh’s line-up expanded to include machines of various capacities, both sidevalve and overhead-valve engined, ranging from a 175cc unit-construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin. One of the mainstays was the 350cc, 2.75hp model, a compact sidevalve-engined lightweight that, while not devastatingly fast ‘flat out’, accelerated smartly and handled well by the standards of its day. This vintage Raleigh was acquired by Eric Houseley in January 1998, having been in the previous owner’s possession since 1985, and has not been used since. Probably an older restoration, the machine is ‘as purchased’ and appears in good original condition. Offered with Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number629
Estimate£2000-£2500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2300
Year
Condition rating
Registration numberABM 635A
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number1382
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors