Lot 104 - 1964 Royal Enfield Crusader
|Odometer reading||67,816 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,464|
The Royal Enfield Continental was the dream bike of every learner rider of the mid-1960s. Seen as the saviour of an ailing Royal Enfield company from the massed hordes of Japanese and Italian lightweight. The bright red fibreglass tank, polychrome-silver frame, grey handlebar grips, hump-backed, two-tone seat and the natty fly-screen was arguably one of the prettiest production motorcycles of its day. After building the prototype, Enfield needed to out-plug the Japanese in the advertising stakes. Honda were running full-page adverts in the motorcycle press, extolling the virtues of their high-tech machines that ran 'like Swiss watches'. The 250cc class was important in the UK as it was the largest engine which a learner could ride without passing a test. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Royal Enfield produced a number of 250cc machines, including a racer, a Scrambler with the biggest-seller being the Crusader, a 248cc pushrod overhead valve single producing 18bhp.
This excellent example of the Continental is supplied here as it would have left Royal Enfield in 1964, finished with a black frame and red fuel tank and mud guards; this motorcycle is in good condition with only 67,816 miles recorded on the odometer. The Continental is supplied with a V5C registration document and a Royal Enfield Owners Club dating certificate, some MoT test certificates and bills.
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