Lot 9 - 1929 Scott 3-Speed Flyer TT Replica
|Odometer reading||3,870 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
The Scott machine was the product of an engineering genius called Alfred Angus Scott (1874 - 1923). His first motorcycle was built using a homemade twin cylinder engine installed into the steering head of a modified bicycle. He went on to produce a motorcycle which, on paper at least, would not look out of place in a modern motorcycle catalogue: his machine incorporated water cooling, telescopic forks, low slung weight and a lightweight duplex frame giving superb road holding. This was the Scott of 1908 and these features were to remain an integral part of the Scott motorcycle for the next 70 years.
In fact, so advanced and powerful was the early Scott machine that, as soon as its capabilities were widely known, it instantly became the victim of official discrimation in competitive events. Scotts were deemed to be overly efficient and therefore their cubic capacity was multiplied by a factor of 1.32 for competitive purposes. This provided the basis for a fortuitous advertising campaign for Scott: what better advert is there than something is so good it has to be banned!
No motorcycle manufacturer of the period could achieve full publicity until they had competed in the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races. Scott was no exception and they made several appearances at the TT Races between 1910 and 1914. In 1910 a Scott was the first two-stroke motorcycle ever to complete a full TT course under race conditions and in 1911 a machine, ridden by Frank Phillip, gained the TT lap record of 50.11 mph continuous average speed.
With Scott Motorcycles back in production after the Great War a new model, the Squirrel, was introduced in 1922. This was followed by the Super Squirrel in 1925 and the Flying Squirrel in 1926. These were the machines which made the Scott Motorcycle truly famous. The frame was then modified into a stiffer duplex arrangement leading to a new range of machines known as the Flyers, namely the Tourer, De Luxe and TT Replica. The latter of which is available today.
Officially built in 1929, this well presented example was actually registered in 1938. Little is known of its history although it has been sympathetically restored in 2002. It is thought to have had some period competition history although no evidence of this exists. Certainly a bike ahead of its time.
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