Lot 306: A 1952 49cc Cairns 'MOCYC' Auxiliary Engine and Sunbeam Bicycle Driving on the front wheel

DominicWinter

2015-11-04 16:24:41

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Lot 306: A 1952 49cc Cairns 'MOCYC' Auxiliary Engine and Sunbeam Bicycle. Driving on the front wheel, this particularly rare engine, even by low-production cycle-motor standards, was designed in 1949 by GYS of Bournemouth and manufactured by Cairns of Todmorden, Lancashire, who also made Cairns bicycles, consisting of an unusual one-piece alloy engine unit and casting numbered 5826, it possesses Wipac ignition and comes with hand controls, a file of information and fastenings, the Lady's Sunbeam is a rare very early example of the 'LT' model, with no model identifying code in the number, the first 'austerity' bicycle from John Marston Ltd. Most of the non-oil-bath models lose their identity when over-painted and, unlike 'racing' cycles, no one searches out a Lady's bicycle. Very original, even down to the steel, spear point 'mudguards, speedo and drive with Lucas lighting and other fittings, the photograph shows the engine placed in position, but not connected with its fastenings or the hand-controls in place. AF. (a qty) Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models Thursday, 12th November 2015 Estimate: £500-800
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