27th Mar, 2024 13:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

 
  Lot 293
 

1934 Rudge 500 Special
Rescued from 60 years in a barn in 2020

Sold for £7,820

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: BLK 109
Frame No: 53940
Engine No: 1113
CC:
500
MOT: Exempt

  • Authentically presented 1934 500cc Special
  • Supplied with many restoration receipts and paperwork
  • Includes continuation buff log book and a current V5C

The Rudge name was made famous by Graham Walker's victory in the 1928 Ulster Grand Prix, one of the first times a road race had been won at an average speed of more than 80mph, setting a lap record of over 82mph. In the same year Ernie Nott set a new two-hour world record at over 100 mph and went on to set further records in 1929. The bike, especially the bronze head Ulster replica, became the mainstay of road racing in the day with even Enzo Ferarri running a race team in Italy using Rudges. This racing heritage gave the Rudge name a lot of credibility but unfortunately works supported racing and the supply of race machinery ended around the mid-thirties with the death of Rudge-Whitworth principal and driving force J.V. Pugh. A subsequent diversification into autocycles and other badly managed ventures caused the demise of the Rudge concern in 1940.

This Special had been stored away in a barn since the early 1960s before being rescued a couple of years ago and given an authentic restoration as a lockdown project. First registered in late 1934, the continuation buff logbook issued in 1943, suggests it had a sidecar fitted at the time. The engine has been rebuilt but has not been run since so will need some recommissioning before use. It comes supplied with a paperwork folder of receipts and restoration information, manuals and a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham
ian.cunningham@handh.co.uk
07415 871189

 

Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands. Venue Details

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