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Lot 303: Sunbeam S8

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

The Sunbeam S8 was designed by Erling Poppe based on the BMW R75 designs that were acquired by BSA (together with the full rights to the Sunbeam brand) at the end of World War II. The engine layout was an unusual in-line 500 cc twin which drove a shaft drive to the rear wheel. The S8 was sold as a "sports model with increased performance from higher compression pistons with a top speed of 85 mph. It also had new forks, a cast aluminium silencer and chromed wheels. This Sunbeam is finished in a fetching green and described by the vendor as being in very good original condition, with the 500cc engine described as being in particularly excellent order. The motorcycle is supplied with an MoT certificate valid until November 2010 and is ready to hit the road.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number303
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1952
Condition rating
Registration numberMYL 337      
Mileage-
Chassis numberS8 5783
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)500
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors