Lot 325 - 1925 Rudge 4 Valve 500
|Odometer reading||5,966 miles|
|Estimate||£7,500 - £8,500|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
Inspired by the success of the legendary Triumph Riccardo, John Pugh's long lived 4 Valve design first appeared in 1924 and Rudge utilised the layout until motorcycle production ceased at the outbreak of WW2. Chain drive and a new design of Rudge's 4 speed gearbox were also features and strong sales were achieved with 6,400 machines being sold over the 1925 model year - virtually double the 3,340 units sold the previous year. Two other important features appeared for 1925: the first being an engine shock absorber operating on a splined mainshaft and the second the use of coupled brakes. This led to the company's proud slogan "Four valves, four speeds, coupled brakes". The wheels were interchangeable and the bikes were given a warning triangle on the rear mudguard alluding to the stopping power of the coupled brakes.
This "barn find" 1925 Rudge 4 Valve 500 has been in the vendor's family since the end of WW2 and has not been used since 1950 when spare beaded edge tyres could not be found to replace the patched originals. The arrival of a new BSA consigned the Rudge to a barn where it has lain undisturbed until recently. In time warp condition but now requiring sympathetic refurbishment this Rudge represents a rare opportunity to acquire an unspoilt high quality machine of the Vintage era. There is a current V5 and the odometer reading of 5,966 miles is believed to be genuine.
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