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Lot 116: Moto-RÍve 2Ĺhp V-Twin

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

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, Moto-RÍve made complete motorcycles and proprietary engines for sale to other manufacturers between 1904 and 1925, setting up a UK-based subsidiary that manufactured motorcycles under the 'Alp' name. Pioneers of the small-capacity v-twin, Moto-RÍve made much of its products' lack of weight, advertising a complete machine weighing just 39kgs (86lbs), of which the power unit complete with magneto and carburettor accounted for just 13kgs (29lbs). In common with many of their contemporaries, early Moto-RÍve engines used 'atmospheric' inlet valves, the side exhaust valve being opened mechanically, and were secured to the frame by clamps, an arrangement that facilitated their installation by other manufacturers. Extremely well made, these jewel-like little engines incorporated gear drive for cams and magneto. Discovered in a garage in Andalusia, Spain, this rare Edwardian lightweight is offered for sale by an Italian private collector. The machine requires re-commissioning (at the very least) or possibly more extensive restoration and thus is sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number116
Estimate£8000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8050
Year1909
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Engine number5566
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