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Lot 315: 1954 Sun 197cc Challenger

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Sun started life as a cycle manufacturer and built its first motorcycle prior to WWI. Motorcycle production ceased at the end of 1933, resumed briefly in 1940 and then recommenced properly in 1946 with an autocycle. The firm concentrated on Villiers-powered lightweights and first introduced the 197cc 6E-powered Challenger in 1951. This handsome model was well specified, coming as standard with telescopic front fork, plunger rear suspension, lights, battery and a proper electrical system. A swinging-arm frame was new for 1954, by which time the Villiers 8E had been adopted, and in this form the Challenger lasted until 1958. First registered in the Isle of Man, this example came into the vendorís possession in 1989 and was fully restored in 1995. Described as in very good condition, it is offered with dating certificate, MoT/tax to May 2006 and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number315
Estimate£700-£900
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£650
Hammer Price (inc premium)£748
Year1954
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