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Lot 201: Tandon Imp Supreme

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Tandon was a small volume manufacture from Watford, Herts, formed in 1948 with the original idea of it's Indian owner to produce lightweight machines for export to his native India. This never came to pass and future production was aimed at the UK market. Tandon made Villiers and Anzani powered bikes for the road and later trials and scrambles machines with Villiers engines. There was only one full works supported bike, the machine ridden by John Babb, although a second rider, Andre Baldet, was supported by Tandon had to provide his own machine and was only helped with spares etc, as an accompanying letter from Babb explains. The accompanying V5 is explained in the letter from John Babb in that he needed to register the machine for use in long distance trials and, as was common in those days, used a logbook from a 1937 150cc New Imperial. So although accompanied by the logbook and the frame bearing the correct number, this has little relevance to the bike which as a scrambler would not have been registered. The bike comes with a receipt from when it was purchased by the current owner in 1994; an article about the machine from T&MX news in 1995; a photograph of the bike in the Elsworth scramble of 25th September 1955; a photograph of the bike in 1990; a letter stating it's provenance from the former works rider, John Babb; a photo of the bike leading Brian Stonebridge on the work's Greeves at Arlington; an article about John Babb and a copy of a sales brochure for this model. This machine has not been started since circa 1995, but was in running order when put into storage.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number201
Estimate£1200-£1400
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1954
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number17/327/16/23
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)197
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors