Lot 244 - 1927 Royal Enfield Model K
|Estimate||£17,000 - £20,000|
In 1893, the Enfield Manufacturing Company Ltd was registered to manufacture bicycles. By 1899, Enfield were producing quadricycles with De Dion engines and experimenting with a heavy bicycle frame fitted with a Minerva engine clamped to the front downtube. In 1912, the Royal Enfield Model 180 sidecar combination was introduced with a 770 cc V-twin JAP engine which was raced successfully in the Isle of Man TT and at Brooklands. In 1911, prior to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Enfield added the word 'Royal' to its name. They supplied large numbers of motorcycles to the British War Department and also won a motorcycle contract for the Imperial Russian Government. Enfield used its own 225cc two-stroke single and 425cc V-twin engines. They also produced an 8 hp motorcycle sidecar model fitted with a Vickers machine gun. In 1921, Enfield developed a new 976cc twin, and in 1924 launched the first Enfield four-stroke 350cc single using a JAP engine. In 1928, Royal Enfield began using the bulbous 'saddle' tanks and centre-spring girder front forks; one of the first companies to do so. Even though it was trading at a loss in the depression years of the 1930's, the company was able to rely on reserves to keep going. In 1931, Albert Eddie, one of the founders of the company, died and his partner R.W. Smith died soon afterwards in 1933.
This 1927 Royal Enfield Model K is fitted with the 976cc V-twin engine was restored in the early 1990's to the highest of standards, only having four owners from new. The vendor purchased this motorcycle in 1997 and has used it regularly; the last rally he attended on this machine was the 2012 Belgium tour to 'Veteranentreffen' in Oostende which he completed trouble free. This stunning Royal Enfield fitted with twin fish tail exhausts and period klaxon horn is finished in dark green and comes supplied with a V5C registration document, MoT test certificate which expires in August 2013, the original buff log book and old MoT test certificates. This is a true classic from one of the most respected manufacturers of the time.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.