Lot 197 - 13035 ‘Black Betty’

Lot 197 -  13035 ‘Black Betty’

Lot 197 - 13035 ‘Black Betty’

Lot Number 197
Registration Q685 RFM
Engine Number Citroën 2CV
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £784

The Rat bike concept describes motorcycles kept on the road and maintained for little or no cost by employing remedial action at a basic level. Survival bikes look similar but are different in purpose from rat bikes; they are modified for stylistic reasons, often taking styling cues from the Mad Max films.The concept of keeping a motorcycle in at least minimally operational condition without consideration for appearance has probably characterized motorcycle ownership since its earliest days. Most rat bikes are painted matte black but this is not a requirement. 'Black Betty' has little known history, as is normal with rat-bikes, this intriguing example has had a Citroen 2CV engine grafted in the frame complete with external gearshift and disc brakes, front and rear. It was running prior to exhibiting at the London Motor Museum but will require some re-commissioning prior to use.

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