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Lot 448: Styl'son 350 RH

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Styl'son motorcycles - the Anglicised punctuation was deliberate - were made in the Loire district of France at Le Chambon Feugerolles. They were a small firm, in production only from 1919-1934, who made very sporting and distinctive machines in what was often a 'British' style, using proprietary engines and other components from Britain and from France. The character of the Styl'son has meant that the relatively few examples surviving are very keenly sought after by collectors who revere their riding qualities. This Styl'son is an example of their RH series of 1929-31 which used the powerful and accelerative Blackburn single-port OHV engine made in Surrey, England, and a rarity in its own right. The gearbox was also English, a Burman hand-change, three-speed, while the frame and forks came from AYA of St. Etienne, the lower tank-tube being 'bridged' to accommodate the Blackburne overhead-valve gear. This good-looking, light and compact machine had excellent manners, helped by the 180mm brakes. Presented in an as found 'dans son jus' condition after an earlier part restoration to running condition in which the Styl'son was hand-painted, the RH' features lighting by Marchal, a Morel D1 magneto, a Mikro oil-pump and the 'Sports' mudguards. The original silencer is missing but can be replaced if desired. 'As British as they come' might be an apt description of this most appealing French sports motor cycle.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number448
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€4200
Hammer Price (inc premium)€4830
Condition rating
Registration number5154 VG 61
Chassis numberRH149
Engine numberCS1688
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