1928 Sunbeam Model 1 347cc
Sunbeam Model 1, 1928
Reg Number:OT 9474
MOT ExpiryDate:April 2013
Sunbeam revised their range of motorcycles for the 1924 season giving the models numbers by which they could be identified, the 347cc side valve becoming the Model 1 complimented by the more sporting Model 2. The next two seasons models saw little in the way of change for the machines specification, with only details requiring amendment, thus the front drum brake introduced the previous year on the over head valve models became standard across the range. However, for the 1927 season a number of refinements were incorporated into the design, the front forks were strengthened following some failures in competition and wired on tyres replaced the beaded edge examples previously employed. The transverse coffee pot silencer gave way to a more conventional and attractive exhaust system. The distinction between the touring Model 1 and the sporting Model 2 became more apparent as a result of the fittings employed. The Model 1 benefitted from the famous full chaincase, higher bars and valanced mudguards in contrast the Model 2 was fitted with lower handlebars, a chainguard and sporting mudguards. The 1928 season machines such as the example offered continued in the same form as the previous season.
This touring Model 1 was acquired by the vendor in 1955 and has had only seven owners in total, two from the same family. The vendor undertook its restoration in 1977/78 at which time all of the painted parts were stove enamelled, ensuring that the finish was two the same exceptional standard as it would have been when it originally left the Wolverhampton factory in 1928, and the bright work was renewed with nickel plate. The quality of the restoration and the subsequent care it has received are reflected in the machines excellent condition today.
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