Lot 155 - 1932 13053 Model K
|Estimate||£16,000 - £19,000|
Royal Enfield was the name under which the Enfield Cycle Company
made motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines. This
legacy of weapons manufacture is reflected in the logo of a cannon,
and their motto "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet". Use of the
brand name Royal Enfield was licensed by the Crown in 1890. The
original Redditch, Worcestershire based company was sold to
Norton-Villiers-Triumph in 1968. 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. The late 1930's were a golden
era for Royal Enfield and in 1938 the model line boasted 18
different models. Among them were the mighty V-Twins. They started
in 1930 with a 976cc engine and crept to 1140cc in 1937 as in the
model depicted here. It was used to tow a stylish enclosed sidecar
rig, but was also available as a solo. The massive side-valve,
twin-cylinder engine with totally enclosed valve gear had Royal
Enfield's pioneering dry-sump lubrication system.
It was probably the largest displacement motorcycle of its time. This large powerplant combined with a heavyweight, four-speed, hand-controlled gearbox to ensure that the Model K with standard ratios was ideal for both sidecar and solo use. Lucas 6 volt Magdyno lighting was standard as was black enamel finish with gold lining.
This 1932 Royal Enfield Model K fitted with the 1000cc V-twin engine was restored some time ago to the highest of standards. Supplied new in Newcastle, this motorcycle spent most of its life in the North of England and was purchased by the vendor in 2009. Finished in maroon and chrome, this Royal Enfield is supplied with a V5C registration document, old style log book, photographs of the motorcycle in dismantled state, copies of parts books and an instruction manual. This classic designed machine with a fishtail exhaust and small saddle bags is an investment for the future which can be used and enjoyed today.
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