Lot 123 - 1926 13039 Model 14, 248cc
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
The Raleigh Bicycle Company is a bicycle manufacturer originally based in Nottingham. Founded as Woodhead and Angois in 1885, who used Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. It became The Raleigh Cycle Company in December 1888, which was registered as a limited company in January 1889. From 1921 to 1935 Raleigh also produced motorcycles and three-wheel cars.
This splendid machine was purchased by the vendor in 1974 from Mr. Elkins in Bournemouth for £50. BF6432 was the second Model 14 the vendor has restored and as a retired helicopter engineer, his attention to detail and quality of workmanship is to be admired. All the steel that was to be lacquered was sand blasted and then aluminium flame sprayed, a process designed to totally eliminate any possible future corrosion. Dismantled at this stage the Raleigh was dry stored "in the attic" until being lovingly re-assembled to concours standard in 2013. The authenticity/originality is notable, however, the opportunity was taken to replace the rear wheel bearings with modern sealed units and to modify the oil pump, neither of these improvements are visible. The bike was repainted and the brightwork re-nickel plated; a full lighting set and Lucas 'king of the road' horn fitted. Since completion the bike has not been ridden on the road, other than to ensure everything is in full working order. A host of spares is supplied including; two spare engines, two bottom ends of crank and crankcases, a clutch and a gearbox together with two boxes of small sundries. Supplied with a V5 registration document, this 248cc Raleigh is currently SORN. A rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful machine in exceptional order.
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