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Lot 213: Francis Barnett Model Four 1.5hp

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

Gordon Francis (son of Graham of Lea Francis fame) married the daughter of Arthur Barnett of Invicta motorcycles and thus the Francis Barnett motorcycle came in to being in 1919. From 1923 on they concentrated on fully triangulated pin-jointed frames making a lightweight but sturdy machine. In the hands of riders like Tommy Meeten, these lightweight bikes were campaigned at Brooklands and in the Scottish Six Days Trial. Marketing material claimed that the frame was "built like a bridge" and publicity stunts included riding up Mount Snowden and Ben Nevis. This Model 4 machine dates from June 1925 and is powered by a 147cc (1.5hp) two-stroke engine which turns easily with good compresion. Equipment includes electric lighting and a rear carrier and all cables and levers are free and working. The machine has not been run in recent years and would benefit from some light re-commisioning before being pressed back into use. It comes with copies of two past sales receipts from 1979 and 1995, an old RF60 log book and V5, and is still on its original transferable registration RW 3579, a series which ended in the 1920s.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number213
Estimate£2500-£3500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1925
Condition rating
Registration numberRW 3579
Mileage-
Chassis number9727
Engine numberW8353
Engine capacity (cc)147
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors