Category: Motoring & Aviation
1951 S8 Sunbeam Motorcycle.
A 1951, in-line 500 cc twin engine, S8 Sunbeam motorcycle in very good restored usable condition with original frame and engine numbers. A great bike to ride, it starts well and is a smooth runner. The Sunbeam S8 is a British motorcycle designed by Erling Poppe based on the BMW R75 designs that were acquired by BSA (together with the full rights to the Sunbeam brand) at the end of World War II. Tax and MOT exempt, silver/grey colour, and comes with original buff log book, a newer V5C and various old MOT certificates. There is also a file with various receipts and related photographs to the Sunbeams restoration in 2014. The receipts are from the Sunbeam S7 & S8 specialists Stewart Engineering.
Built in Redditch, 7658 Sunbeam S7s were built (which includes 5554 De Luxe models), for the S8, the total production number stands at around 8500. The S8 was produced with fewer features to reduce costs whilst retaining many of the innovative parts of the early Sunbeam and updating others. It had new cylinder linings, redesigned frames and increased oil capacity and was sold as a 'sports' model with increased performance and with a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h). It also had new forks, a cast aluminium silencer and chromed wheels with narrower tyres to replace the 'Balloon' tyres which had led to uncertain handling at speed. The nostalgia for classic bikes makes the Sunbeam much more appealing and acceptable than they ever were to the riders of yesteryear. The S7/S8 are still comparatively affordable compared to some of the other classic British bikes, also to its advantage, it is one of the better-served marques of the post war years and is therefore relatively easy to keep on the road. The Sunbeam was a creditable and highly sophisticated attempt at breaking away from a traditional air-cooled, parallel twin, pre-unit, chain-drive platform that was, even then, heading toward a technical dead end.