1952 Sunbeam 500cc S8 - Lot 341 For Sale by Auction
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- Service History
- Gearbox Unlisted
- Fuel Type Unlisted
This car is to be auctioned at our 'The Autumn Sale' auction at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, StaffordA wartime design, the Sunbeam inline twin was introduced by BSA, owners of Sunbeam Cycles Limited, in 1947. A luxury tourer inspired by the pre-war BMW, it was of advanced specification with overhead-camshaft engine, shaft drive and plunger rear suspension. The clutch housing and four-speed gearbox bolted directly to the back of the engine, which was rubber mounted in the duplex loop frame, an innovation that required a flexible joint in the exhaust system ahead of the silencer. The first S7 version was equipped with balloon tyres, a feature not carried over to the deliberately more conventional, and also lighter and cheaper, S8 introduced in 1949. The front fork and 7 brake were now standard BSA components, and there were numerous other changes made in the interests of rationalisation. Never as popular as BSA's more performance orientated models, the gentlemanly S7 and S8 remained in production until 1957. Apparently, an older restoration, this S8 was purchased in July 2020 and currently displays a total of 3, 143 miles on the odometer. Sadly, the owner never got the chance to ride the 'Beam before he passed away in August 2020, since when it has been dry stored. There is some pitting to the exhaust and the machine would respond well to detailing, though it should be noted that compression is weak. Following a period of inactivity and having not been used since acquisition, its mechanical condition is not known and thus is sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with a V5C document.AUCTION ADDRESSBonhamsSandylands Centre / Argyle CentreStaffordshire County ShowgroundWeston RoadStaffordST18 0BDADMISSION TO THE CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS SHOWTickets can be purchased in advance from the classicbikeshows websiteVIEWING TIMESSaturday 9 October 9am to 5pmSunday 10 October from 9amSALE TIMESSaturday 9 OctoberThe Ken Senior Collection Part 2 (Lots 1 – 75) 10amSpares and Memorabilia (Lots 101 - 238) 1pmSunday 10 OctoberMotorcycles (Lot 301 - 527) 11amBuyers' ObligationsCONDITIONS OF SALE AND GUIDE FOR BUYERSPlease see the CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS AND GUIDE FOR BUYERS for all pertinent information including bidding, the Buyers Premium and other associated charges payable upon the Hammer Price of each lot, Post-sale collection, transportation and shipping of lots.All purchased lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 7pm Sunday 10 October.