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Lot 107: Royal Enfield 148cc Ensign

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

A 125cc version of DKW's advanced two-stroke lightweight - the 98cc RT - Royal Enfield's smallest model first appeared in 1939, re-emerging in 1945 as the RE. The unitary construction engine incorporated a three-speed, hand-change gearbox and was installed in a rigid frame equipped with rubber-suspended, girder front fork. A banana-shaped exhaust header pipe for 1948 and a telescopic front fork for 1950 were the only changes of significance before the RE was extensively revamped for 1951 as the RE2 with a much improved engine and loop-type, full cradle frame. In this form the RE2 ran on into 1953 before being dropped. Introduced that same year was a 148cc version, the swinging arm-framed 'Ensign', which continued in production until 1961, latterly as the 'Prince'. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. The engine turns over.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number107
Estimate£150-£250
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£250
Hammer Price (inc premium)£287
Year1955
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number46079
Engine numberRE35632
Engine capacity (cc)148
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors