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1929 Scott 596cc Works Isle of Man Senior TT Race Bike
Ex Phil Vare

Sold for £48,300

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: VF 6543
Frame No: 7M
Engine No: RZ 2513
CC: 596
MOT: Exempt

  • This extremely rare Works Scott is the only surviving 1929 Isle of Man Senior TT Works Scott for which a complete, documented and continuous history exists which is accompanied by correspondence from its original rider in the race. Phil Vare wrote a series of letters recording his experience of racing 7M in the 1929 TT, in which he was forced to retire on the last lap. 7M has never been restored and retains a large percentage of its original paintwork, Scott transfers and cycle compoments.
  • Six works Scotts competed in the 1929 TT, only one finished. Until relatively recently it was assumed that, apart from Vare's bike, the remaining 1929 TT Scotts had not survived intact. This assumption was based largely on a letter from the Scott company to the Wakefield Licencing Authority surrendering their log books for works bikes and stating that they had been dismantled and scrapped. Recently this has been shown to have not been the case. Subsequently it has been established that some, and possibly all, of the remaining five 1929 TT Scotts have survived. The stories of the surviving bikes are still being researched and have not yet been published.
  • Vare had used his own TT Rep in practice for the TT, but his lap times so impressed that he was given a works bike, 7M, for the remainder of practice and the race itself. Following one spill, from which he recovered, Vare was unlucky to have to retire from the race on the final lap due to a burnt piston.
  • After the TT, Vare wished to keep 7M. At his request 7M was recommissioned by the works and given to him in exchange for his TT Rep. Correspondence on file by Vare states that, on being recommissioned, 7M retained its original engine but the works fitted a "dirt track" gearbox stamped TT8. The radiator, carrying a plate on the underside stamped TT29 3, appears to be the original
  • Vare registered 7M as VF 6543 in Norwich on 8/7/29, the duplicate surviving green log book confirming its original engine number. Vare subsequently competed in various short circuit events, eventually selling 7M to JFH Roberts (Brentford) in 1935, Roberts used the bike up until 1939. 7M was laid up during the war, letters on file stating that the Binks carburettor was confiscated by the Police to prevent it from being used, the carburettor was returned to him at the end of the war. In 1964 Roberts sold 7M to Geoff Lee who kept it unused for 50 years, selling it to the current owner in 2014
  • 7M has been mechanically overhauled and modified for road use by the current owner. The engine has been completely rebuilt by Richard Duffin of the Scott Owners Club and also fitted with a reconditioned gearbox with a kick start to facilitate road use. The original gearbox works long rear brake lever plus other smaller removed parts have all been retained and are included with the bike. In addition, the 7" front web hub has been rebuilt with new bearings, shoes relined and the inner brake cable renewed. A new clutch cable has also been fitted. The foot brake replacement is a Vincent component. The above changes can all be reversed if required
  • Although the rebuilt engine has been fitted and run in the frame, 7M has not been used on the road and may require some minor recommissioning before use
  • With the bike comes an extensive file of correspondence, including many letters from Phil Vare and Geoff Lee, documenting its history (letters in photos)
  • This is a remarkable opportunity to own a "time warp" survivor and unique piece of Scott racing TT history, which is now ready for road or track use
  • Comes with current UK V5C and original parts as pictured

For more information, please contact:
Mark Bryan
07718 584216

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