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Lot 397: 1929 Rudge 499cc Ulster

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

The full potential of Rudge’s four-valves-per-cylinder design was slow to emerge, but in 1928 Graham Walker’s works 500 became the first motorcycle to win a road race - the Ulster Grand Prix - at an average speed in excess of 80mph, a feat which led to the introduction of the legendary ‘Ulster’ sports model. This Ulster has parallel valves in a pent-roof combustion chamber, an arrangement typical of the early models. Incomplete, the machine is offered for restoration and comes with old-style (1942) continuation logbook and ‘Rudge Wrinkles’ maintenance manual.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number397
Estimate£800-£1200
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£900
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1035
Year1929
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Engine number55250
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