Lot 329: c.1959 Royal Enfield 350cc Clipper
In 1953 Royal Enfield returned to the 250cc class with a new model the Clipper. Featuring a cast-iron engine top end, oil tank integral with the alloy crankcase, and a separate gearbox, the ensemble was housed in scaled down version of the swinging-arm frame that had debuted on the Bullet in 1958. Alternator electrics and coil ignition were new departures, however. A 350cc Clipper was added to the range in November 1955, deploying the Model G engine in the swinging-arm frame to create a cheaper alternative to the Bullet. Both Clippers were dropped from the range during 1957, though the name was revived the following year for a budget version of the new unit-construction Crusader 250 the Clipper II. Enfield then put the Model G engine into the Crusader cycle parts to create a new 350 Clipper. Apparently very nicely restored, this 350 Clipper is offered with Swansea V5.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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