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Lot 442: 1935 Excelsior 250cc Manxman

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Although it had proved fast enough to win the 1933 Lightweight TT in Syd Gleave’s hands, Excelsior’s complex, twin-cam, radial four-valve Mechanical Marvel proved something of a disappointment thereafter, and at the end of the 1934 season the Tyseley firm opted for a simpler design - the Manxman. Like the Marvel, the Manxman engine was built by Blackburne, though increasing dissatisfaction with its engine supplier forced Excelsior to take over production themselves early in 1936. A single-overhead-camshaft, two-valve design, the Manxman was built in 250, 350, and 500cc capacities. Road and race versions were offered, though the 500 was only ever marketed as a sports roadster. The vendor advises us that this Manxman originally left the factory as a 350 but was downsized to a 250 many years ago (the original engine number ‘CX 113’ is still visible on the re-stamped crankcases). Offered for restoration, the machine is described as in fair condition; the engine, though not running, does turn over. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with Swansea V5. It should be noted that the latter erroneously records the frame number as ‘MC 325’ and the engine number as ‘BA 128’.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number442
Estimate£4400-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4600
Year1935
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