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SUNBEAM S8 (1949)
Motorcycle 500cc Direct Drive

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    • Engine Capacity
      500 cc
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This Sunbeam has been dry stored for past 8 years, it has been started and has good compression but will require a proper service prior to road use. The bike has matching numbers to the V5 and I have personally owned this bike for the past 8 years and it has formed part of my private collection of historic bikes that have been used in my showroom as visual displays. MOT & Tax Exempt. I purchased the bike around 8 years ago just because it was such a lovely example of a British bike. What I know about the bike's history is that in 1995 it was purchased by local motor engineer David Watts in Shefford who set about a full restoration of the bike to standard seen here today. This took David around 4 years to complete and has been ridden just over 300 miles since its restoration.

The Sunbeam S8 is a British motorcycles designed by Erling Poppe with styling loosely based on the BMW R75 designs that were acquired as war reparations by BSA (full rights to the Sunbeam brand had been acquired from AMC in 1943). Built in Redditch, the unusual engine layout was similar to that of a car. The engine was a longitudinally mounted inline vertical OHC 500 cc twin based on an experimental 1932 BSA design (the Line-Ahead-Twin - LAT) with coil ignition and wet sump lubrication which, through a dry clutch, drove a shaft drive to the rear wheel. The inline engine made this technologically feasible—horizontally-opposed ("flat") twin engines on BMW motorcycles had already used shaft drives following the system employed by Nimbus in 1918.

Due to the nature and age of our classic cars and bikes we are unable to offer warranties on these vehicles. All motorcycles registered before 1978 do not need an MOT test so we do recommend an independent inspection of the bike to satisfy yourself as to its roadworthyness. Clear of Finance and Insurance Damage, certificate supplied. Please bring your Driving Licence when test driving a vehicle. Viewings by Appointment please, call us on 01462 338755 to book an appointment. After Hours up to 9 pm, Call 07859 788484.

Key car facts

  • Car Type Type Motorcycle
  • Transmission Trans Manual
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 322
  • Fuel Fuel Petrol
  • CC Engine 500CC
  • CO2 000
  • Year Year 1949
  • Tax Road Tax Zero Rated
  • Former Keepers3

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