1927 Flat Tank New Imperial Model 3B Side Valve vintage motorcycle project – SOLD

1927 Flat Tank New Imperial Model 3B Side Valve vintage motorcycle project – SOLD


1927 Flat Tank Model 3B New Imperial Side Valve project.

Most parts there. Please see the images for what is included.

This vintage Side Valve New Imperial motorcycle would make a great little project for someone looking for an entry into the world of “flat tank” motorcycles. It comes with a large file of papers which includes detailed correspondence regarding this rare model, various letters to / from the club, and drawings of various parts.

You get what you see.

  • Rear stand,
  • frame
  • Original Lycetts saddle
  • rear rack
  • A pair of tool boxes
  • Complete rear wheel including hub
  • chain guard
  • oil tank
  • fuel tank
  • handlebars with one reverse lever
  • Girder forks
  • front wheel hub
  • pair of fenders / mudguards
  • engine with Best and Lloyd oil pump (needs building up and some parts in the boxes) Engine is numbered and shown in the images
  • Gearbox (condition unknown) Gearbox is numbered and shown in the images
  • pair riders footpegs
  • Gear shift gate
  • sundry small items

The engine is a 346cc single cylinder, made in-house by New Imperial with 70X90 short stroke. This engine is the one that was fitted to the “semi-sports” 3B New Imperial. This engine wasn’t fitted to the more basic Model 2. The semi-sports version of the Model 6 had shorter handlebars. That was about the only visual difference from the standard version.

The Engine number begins with “C8236”. There are only two other C-type engines known to the expert mentioned below. Neither of those C-type engines are with a frame, making this a unique opportunity to own and re-build a very rare flat tank bike.

The gearbox is a New Imperial 3-speed hand change box. I believe it is a UBT type.

I am led to believe that the frame and engine are almost certainly an original pairing. The catalogue shows this model would have had Druid girder forks. However, Webb forks were an optional extra and are fitted to another Model 6 from 1927.

This frame was used on various models, including Models 3.4 and the 6. It’s a rare frame.

A New Imperial expert reports that he has a Model 6 like this one. As of 2013 (when he wrote to the owner of this bike), he believed that he was the only owner of a Model 6.

This rare survivor is about mostly complete.

You will still need to source parts, including a front wheel rim. Fortunately, the hub is with the project. The previous owner source a nice pair of fuel and oil tanks. Apparently the original tank was completely rotten.

Please see the separate images for the small items. They include two pistons. I have placed the barrel onto the engine for the sake of a photograph. The crank and connecting rod are already installed. It’s missing one of the pistons in the box. Consider that everything will need a thorough going-through However, the parts that make it a Model 6 New Imperial, are there.

Documents: It does not come with a V5C registration document. However, a receipt will be provided by the family that now have ownership as this motorcycle is from a deceased estate. If you look at the original rear number plate, you can just about make out a number.

Payment: If collecting, payment by cash or bank transfer is acceptable. If sending a courier, bank transfer please but payment must be made more than 24 hours before the courier collects. If shipping, payment by bank transfer. Please DO NOT pay by PayPal on this site.

Collection: By appointment. Near Cambridge, England.

Shipping: International shipping is possible.

** Offered elsewhere, so this could sell at any time. If you would like it, please talk to me. **


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