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Lot 481: 1927 Raleigh 350cc

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Britain’s best-known bicycle maker, Raleigh also manufactured motorcycles from 1899 to 1905, and from 1919 to 1933. More recently, the Nottingham company offered a range of mopeds plus a scooter in the late 1950s/1960s. During the 1920s Raleigh’s line-up expanded to include machines of various capacities, both sidevalve and overhead-valve engined, ranging from a 175cc unit-construction lightweight to a hefty 998cc v-twin. One of the mainstays was the 350cc, 2.75hp model, a compact sidevalve-engined lightweight that, while not devastatingly fast ‘flat out’, accelerated smartly and handled well by the standards of its day. This ‘time warp’ vintage Raleigh 350 has been in single family ownership from new and has not been used since 1928, as evidenced by the accompanying tax disc dated 30th June that year. Presented in original condition, it is offered without documents and sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number481
Estimate£1700-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2400
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2760
Year1927
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Mileage-
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Engine number9020
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
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