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Lot 124 - 1937 Rudge Special 500cc

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ESTIMATE £10,000- £12,000

Auction The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show February 2016
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Lot Number 124
Reg. Number DXP 774
Chassis Number 60219
Year 1937
Make Rudge
Model Special 500cc

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Description

Rudge motorcycles were manufactured from 1911 to 1946, and the Birmingham firm was highly regarded for its innovative engineering solutions. Rudge enjoyed a string of successes at the Isle of Man TT races during the 1930s.

This fine sporting marque was very competitive in speedway, and also trials events in the hands, and feet, of Murray’s dad Graham (Walker) Rudge’s sales manager at the time. Works supported racing and the supply of race machinery stopped around the mid thirties after the death of Rudge- Whitworth principal and driving force J.V. PUGH and subsequent sorties into autocycle production and other badly managed ventures foresaw the demise of the once proud Rudge concern in 1940.

First registered in April 1937 this wonderful Rudge Special is in very good general condition. The frame and black tank are in excellent order. Mechanically the 500cc engine ( number 54343) performs  very well indeed, always starting on the first or second kick. Fitted with a working clock- fitted by the previous clockmaker owner, and a spare pillion seat which would replace the rack this wonderful 1930’s Rudge bike offers its new owner many more rewarding miles.


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