Sunbeam Classic Motorcycles

Year
Bike
Picture
Description
1913
1913 sunbeam
sunbeam 1913
347cc.
1917
1917 sunbeam 3 1/2 hp
sunbeam 3 1/2 hp 1917
1919
1919 royal sunbeam 24" gents cycle
royal sunbeam 24" gents cycle 1919
1919 simplex power unit 104cc.
1920
Sunbeam Gentlmans Sporting
Sunbeam Gentlmans Sporting
There were no model number issued until 1921 when this model was uprated to 600cc and became the model 7.
1921
1921 sunbeam m7
sunbeam m7 1921
1922
Sunbeam Combination
1922 Sunbeam Combination
This example of the large capacity side valve dating from the mid twenties was originally purchased by a Mr Whatoff, who had unfortunately lost a leg during the war (legend has it that it had been shot off) who used it as transport for his business of selling shrimps to the pubs of the southern lake district.
1924
1924 sunbeam model 3
sunbeam model 3 1924
1925
1925 sunbeam
sunbeam 1925
499cc light tourer
1925
1925 sunbeam sports
sunbeam sports 1925
492cc.
1926
1926 Sunbeam
1926 Sunbeam
1926
1926 sunbeam light solo, 499cc
sunbeam light solo, 499cc 1926
1926
Sunbeam Mod. 9 Experimental Worksracer
Sunbeam Mod. 9 Experimental  Worksracer
1926
Sunbeam Model 2
1926 Sunbeam Model 2
350cc
1926
Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo
Sunbeam Model 5 Light Solo
1927
1927 sunbeam 1, 347cc
sunbeam 1, 347cc 1927
1927
1927 sunbeam 5, 500cc
sunbeam 5, 500cc 1927
the model presented here is equipped with fully enclosed front and rear chaincases. the engine character can be described as ""giving an explosion at every lamp post"". a perfect touring machine, suitable for the odd high speed stretch.
1927
1927 sunbeam model 5 combination
sunbeam model 5 combination 1927
the long stroke sunbeam side valve single was a stalwart of the range from the early twenties for nearly twenty years. endowed with great stamina, sunbeam's exemplary finish and the unique oil bath chaincase it proved popular with tourists and sidecarists alike. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.
1928
1928 sunbeam
sunbeam 1928
350 side valve model, the last model of the flat tankers.
1928
1928 sunbeam longstroke, 500cc
sunbeam longstroke, 500cc 1928
sunbeam motorcycles gained fame for their very high standards of workmanship, their speed and their reliability: races all over europe were won in the early half of the twenties with machines equipped with the very fast and reliable longstroke side valve engine with bore/stroke of 77x 105.5 mm. this light tourist is equipped with a longstroke engine and also has the characteristic fully enclosed rear chain. front mudguard is non-original.
1928
1928 sunbeam m90 racer, 500cc
sunbeam m90 racer, 500cc 1928
developed from the competition mount campaigned notably by renowned speed man george dance, sunbeam's range topping model model 90 was a high quality motorcycle aimed at the gentleman speed merchant. it was good enough to be a frontrunner in top level racing, with charlie dodson winning the 1928 and 1929 senior tts, though the latter win was on the updated 'saddle tank' version.
1928
1928 sunbeam model 5
sunbeam model 5 1928
the longstroke sunbeam was offered in two versions during the twenties, the touring model 5 and the sporting model 6 and would remain a feature of the firms range from 1922 until 1940. during that time it earnt an enviable reputation for its reliability and stamina. this particular example was first registered on the 21st march 1930 although it had been built during 1928. it came into wolverhampton engineer walter edge ownership during the late 1950's who undertook its restoration. mr edge, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, had started work in the toolroom at john thompson motor pressings rising to the position of toolroom superintendent before retiring in 1969. during his career he had worked on sir malcolm campbell and john cobbs land speed record cars and developed an interest in his home towns engineering achievements, particularly its motorcycles. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.
1928
Sunbeam Model 90
1928 Sunbeam Model 90
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1928
Sunbeam Sporting Model 6
Sunbeam Sporting Model 6
1929
1929 sunbeam 9, 500cc
sunbeam 9, 500cc 1929
twin port engine, crankcase supported by 3 ball bearings, dry-sump lubrication, primary drive enclosed in cast alloy chaincase, 3-speed 'cross-over' drive gearbox, offside power take-off.
1929
1929 sunbeam model 8 ll500 cc racer
sunbeam model 8 ll500 cc racer 1929
1929
1929 sunbeam tt80
sunbeam tt80 1929
vintage saddle tank, 350cc single.
1929
Sunbeam Model 90
1929 Sunbeam Model 90
500cc road racer.
1930
1930 model 6 sunbeam with 492cc sidevalve engine
model 6 sunbeam with 492cc sidevalve engine 1930
1930
1930 sunbeam lion combination, 599cc
sunbeam lion combination, 599cc 1930
this model originated in the early 1920s as the venerable model 7 sidecar puller with bore and stroke dimensions of 85x105.5 mm. the engine has much pulling power at low revs, and the excellent sunbeam workmanship can be seen in many details. the machine has a 4 speed hand change gearbox, the rear chain is fully enclosed. the tank top has an internally illuminated instrument panel with oil pressure gauge and provision for a clock. the cylinder head is a detachable non detonating design, the wheels are interchangeable. this machine is fitted with a luxurious sidecar with windscreen and hood.
1930
Sunbeam OHV
1930 Sunbeam OHV
1931
1931 sunbeam lion 500cc
sunbeam lion 500cc 1931
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1931
1931 sunbeam lion, 492cc
sunbeam lion, 492cc 1931
1931
sunbeam model 9 500cc 1931
sunbeam model 9 500cc 1931
1932
Sunbeam Lion 7
Sunbeam Lion 7
600cc.
1933
Sunbeam S9
1933 Sunbeam S9
500cc.
1934
1934 sunbeam 250 ohv longstroke model 14
sunbeam 250 ohv longstroke model 14 1934
sunbeam introduced the model 14 during 1933. the new machine featured a long stroke engine displacing 246cc which was essentially a model 8 350cc engine with a reduced bore. the cycle parts were much as those employed by the model 8 although some lighter components were employed in an attempt to reduce the models overall weight. image kindly provided by www.buyvintage.co.uk.
1935
1935 sunbeam 500cc ohv single cylinder model 95l
sunbeam 500cc ohv single cylinder model 95l 1935
engine - 80 x 98mm = 493cc ohv single-cylinder ohv unit with single port head and hairpin valve springs. magdyno ignition. flange mounted amal racing carburettor transmission - primary chain in oilbath to 4-speed footchange gearbox with cross-over drive to rear chain. frame - rigid diamond pattern. saddle tank with snap action filler cap. wheels - 3.00 x 21"" front tyre and 3.25 x 20"" rear. cable operated brakes. rear brake pedal on left with reverse action.
1936
1936 sunbeam
sunbeam 1936
250cc.
1936
1936 sunbeam b28, 500cc
sunbeam b28, 500cc 1936
1936
1936 sunbeam lion
sunbeam lion 1936
492cc.
1937
1937 sunbeam model 14
sunbeam model 14 1937
sunbeam introduced the model 14 during 1933. the new machine featured a long stroke engine displacing 246cc which was essentially a model 8 350cc engine with a reduced bore. the cycle parts were much as those employed by the model 8 although some lighter components were employed in an attempt to reduce the models overall weight. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.
1937
1937 sunbeam model 8
sunbeam model 8 1937
model 8 series 2 ohv 350cc made for one year, 1937.
1937
1937 sunbeam model 9
sunbeam model 9 1937
500cc, ohv.
1937
Sunbeam Model 14
1937 Sunbeam Model 14
250cc Overhead Valve.
1937
Sunbeam Model 9a
Sunbeam Model 9a
1938
1938 sunbeam a23 250 longstroke
sunbeam a23 250 longstroke 1938
1938
1938 sunbeam model 9 series 2, 600cc
sunbeam model 9 series 2, 600cc 1938
1938
Sunbeam Lion
1938 Sunbeam Lion
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1938
sunbeam m8, 350cc
sunbeam m8, 350cc 1938
the first ohv production sunbeams were listed as the model 8 (350cc) and 9 (500cc) in 1924. the model 8 with bore/stroke dimensions of 70x90 mm was an excellent sporty tourer, but stayed somewhat in the shadow of its more glamorous big brother. in the course of the years the models 8&9 were kept up to date; saddle tanks were introduced for the 1929 season and the lubrication system was modernised. in the mid-thirties parent company ici (imperial chemical industries) decided to dispose of the hardly profitable cycle and motorcycle side. amc bought the business in 1937: their main interests being the bicycle dealer network and the well-establish famous sunbeam name. production moved from wolverhampton to plumstead. that's to say, there was so much stock that it was enough to sustain production in london for more than a year. by 1940 sunbeams were no longer produced.
1938
Sunbeam Model 9
1938 Sunbeam Model 9
500cc OHV.
1939
1939 sunbeam 350cc hi cam sports
sunbeam 350cc hi cam sports 1939
1939
1939 sunbeam b23
sunbeam b23 1939
477th of a total of 650 manufactured.
1939
1939 sunbeam high cam - b28
sunbeam high cam - b28 1939
the high cam sunbeam was only made in 1939 when amc took over the sunbeam company. the high cam was built using several engine capacities of 250, 350, 500 and 600ccs. this sunbeam is a b25 500cc engine of 82.5mm bore and 93mm stroke.
1939
1939 sunbeam v24s sports
sunbeam v24s sports 1939
the new high-camshaft range was inrtoduced in 1939, but the outbreak of was soon afterwards meant that only small numbers of them were produced. this is one of the rarest, the 350cc sports model with higher specification forks, high level exhaust and polished engine internals.
1948
Sunbeam Ladies Bicycle
1948 Sunbeam Ladies Bicycle
1954
Sunbeam S7
1954 S7