Lot 370: 1962 Royal Enfield 248cc Continental
A development of the popular Crusader, the Continental was introduced for 1963. The newcomer used the Super 5’s tuned, 20bhp engine and five-speed gearbox but eschewed the latter’s leading-link fork in favour of conventional telescopics while adding a rev counter, fly screen, dropped handlebars and (on some bikes) an Italian-style ‘jelly mould’ tank to the package. This policy of including as standard all the performance-orientated extras that customers might want to fit later was an enormous success. With its café racer styling, brisk performance and excellent handling, the GT was every young motorcyclist’s dream and a well-deserved success for the Redditch concern. Acquired by the vendor more than 10 year ago as an intended restoration project, this example has not been touched since. Described as in fair/good condition, the machine is offered with Swansea V5.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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