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1927 Sunbeam model 6

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1927 Sunbeam 500cc Longstroke Model 6. Ride or restore. NOW SOLD check out our 1922 Sunbeam

Another nice Sunbeam. Solid and good runner but would benefit from some further tidying. Nice old bike ready to ride and improve at your leisure. Will be sold with 12 months MOT & tax. Previously owned by an RAF Chaplain and on show at RAF St Athan Historic Aircraft Collection. Some letters included.

Sunbeam was founded by John Marston, who was born in Ludlow, Shropshire in 1836. In 1851 at age 15, he was sent to Wolverhampton to be apprenticed to Edward Perry as a japanware manufacturer. When he was 23 he left and set up his own japanning business, John Marston Ltd, making every sort of domestic article. He did so well that when Perry died in 1871, Marston took over his company and incorporated it in his own. The company began making bicycles, and on the suggestion of his wife Ellen, Marston adopted the trademark brand "Sunbeam". Consequently, the Paul Street works were called "Sunbeamland". John Marston was a perfectionist, and this was reflected in the high build-quality of the Sunbeam bicycle, which had an enclosure around the drive chain in which an oil bath kept the chain lubricated and clean. Bicycles were made until 1936. From 1903, John Marston Ltd had made some early experiments in adding engines to bicycles but they were unsuccessful, one man being killed. John Marston's aversion to motorcycles did not encourage further development, and so the Sunbeam Motor Car Company Ltd was founded in 1905. However, suffering from a slump which hit car making, Marston was pushed into making motorcycles from 1912 onwards (at the age of 76), for which there was a large and increasing market. Following in the tradition of their bicycles, the motorcycles were of high-quality, usually with a single cylinder, and known as the "Gentleman's Machine".

Sunbeam motorcycles performed well in the early days of the famous TT races in the Isle of Man. Sunbeam won its first T.T. victory in 1920, with team rider Tommy De La Hay, and by 1921 the company offered three versions of its 3.5 horsepower model: the 'Standard,' Semi-Sporting' 'Sporting Solo T.T.,' and 'Longstroke T.T.' models. In 1921, George Dance made a series of superb runs at Brooklands. In the 350c.c. class he set a new record at 82.25m.p.h. in the Flying Kilometre, and achieved 82.19m.p.h. in the Flying Mile. In the 500c.c. class he achieved 93.99m.p.h. in the Flying Kilometre, 87.35m.p.h. in the Flying 5 Miles and 82.69m.p.h. in the Standing 10 miles. Sunbeam achieved its second T.T. win in the Senior Race when Alec Bennett came in first, this was the last ever win on a side valve machine.

1927 Sunbeam 500cc Longstroke Model 6. Ride or restore.

This one is sold. Have a look at our beautiful 600cc Sumbeam

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