Early '20s Sunbeam at VMCC
Manx Rally 2006
The web-site received the following picture from Greg
Allen, 'snapped' at the Vintage Motor Cycle Club's 34th Manx Rally in
The cycle parts indicate a 3½ h.p. Model 3 (499cc) or 4½
h.p. Model 4 (596cc) from 1924 or '25.
Both models evolved from the earlier 3½ h.p. Standard model
which had a stirrup front
brake until 1923. This machine has the rim brake found on 1924 and '25
models. Thereafter Sunbeam motorcycles had a drum brake at the front.
The foot-boards, handlebars and upright gear
lever indicate this is not the more sporting
'Longstroke' or 'Light Solo' of the period (Models 6 and 5 respectively).
Nor is it the Model 7 (596cc) side-car machine, which was notable for its leaf-spring
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